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Three Toledo residents were indicted in federal court for armed robberies of Happy’s Pizza and Metro PCS, said U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman, ATF Special Agent in Charge Trevor Velinor and Toledo Police Chief George Kral.
Named in the five-count indictment are: Donell Davis, 22; Tyron Parker, 19, and Leeza Parker, 21.
Davis is charged with two counts of interference with commerce through threats of violence, two counts of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Leeza Parker is charged with two counts of interference with commerce through threats of violence and Tyron Parker is charged with one count of interference with commerce through threats of violence.
Davis and the Parkers robbed the Happy’s Pizza on Dorr Street on Sept. 22, 2017, during which time Davis brandished a firearm. Davis and Leeza Parker robbed the Metro PCS on West Bancroft Street on Oct. 12, 2017, during which time Davis brandished a firearm, according to the indictment.
Davis possessed a firearm on Sept. 22 and Oct. 17, despite the fact that he was forbidden from having a firearm because of previous convictions for aggravated assault, participation in a criminal gang and attempted failure to comply with police, according to the indictment.
“These defendants endangered hard-working Toledo residents who were just trying to do their jobs and raise their families,” Herdman said. “Those who use firearms to prey on others belong in prison. The ATF and Toledo Police Department should be commended for locking up this trio.”
“ATF will continue to work with the Toledo Police Department to combat violent crime in the community,” Velinor said. “We have a strong, cooperative relationship with our local counterparts, and we share one goal of making Toledo safer for all of its citizens.”
“The Toledo Police Department continues to work with our federal partners to arrest and prosecute those who use firearms in the commission of violent crimes,” Kral said. “I am proud of our detectives and ATF special agents for their work in this case. No doubt, the citizens of Toledo are safer with these suspects in custody.”
If convicted, the defendants’ sentences will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendants’ prior criminal record, if any, the defendants’ role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
The investigating agency in this case is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Toledo Police Department. The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Freeman.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.