Federal Grand Jury Indicts Indiana Man For String Of Twin Cities Drugstore Robberies
Defendant allegedly stole thousands of dollars’ worth of narcotics and other controlled substances
United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging MICHAEL IMAN WHITE, 19, with robbery and attempted robbery of multiple Walgreens pharmacies. WHITE, who was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on August 22, 2018, will be arraigned tomorrow afternoon before a Magistrate Judge in U.S. District Court.
According to the indictment, between April 3, 2018 and July 17, 2018, WHITE used force, violence, and fear of injury to commit two robberies and two attempted robberies of Walgreens pharmacies located in St. Paul and Edina, Minnesota. In total, WHITE stole approximately $69,000 worth of narcotics and other controlled substances.
The Hobbs Act, passed by Congress in 1946, allows federal prosecutors to prosecute individuals who commit armed robberies of businesses engaged in interstate commerce. If convicted, WHITE faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each count.
This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, the Edina Police Department, the Saint Paul Police Department, and the Bloomington Police Department. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey S. Paulsen is prosecuting the case.
MICHAEL IMAN WHITE, 19
- Attempted interference with commerce by robbery, 2 counts
- Interference with commerce by robbery, 2 counts
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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600
The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.