Pennsylvania Man Admits Committing Three Robberies and Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime Of Violence
CAMDEN, N.J. – A Pennsylvania man today admitted committing three armed robberies in Salem, Ocean, and Cumberland counties in November 2017, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Terrance Robinson, 31, of Havertown, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of Hobbs Act robbery, two counts of bank robbery, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On Nov. 1, 2017, Robinson and Jeffery Edmonds, 45, of Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, drove together to a convenience store in Upper Pittsgrove Township, New Jersey, stopping along the way to pick up a handgun and remove the license plates from the car that Edmonds was driving. After arriving at the convenience store, Edmonds remained in the getaway car while Robinson entered the store with the handgun and stole some money.
Edmonds and Robinson robbed an Ocean First Bank in Upper Deerfield Township, New Jersey, on Nov. 6, 2017, and a Fulton Savings Bank in Alloway Township, New Jersey, on Nov. 14, 2017. Prior to robbing the banks, Edmonds and Robinson removed the license plates from the getaway car. Robinson stayed in the getaway car while Edmonds entered the banks and robbed them with a handgun.
Each of the three robbery counts carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison. The possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence charge carries a consecutive minimum term of five years in prison and a maximum potential penalty of life imprisonment. Each offense also carries a potential $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2019.
Edmonds previously pleaded guilty for his alleged roles in the robberies, and his sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 16, 2018.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI’s South Jersey Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael Harpster in Philadelphia, special agents of the FBI Newark Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie, and officers of the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Superintendent Col. Patrick J. Callahan, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara A. Aliabadi of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.