Las Vegas Man Convicted Of Two Jewelry Store Armed Robberies
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Las Vegas man was convicted Wednesday by a federal jury of all criminal charges for his role in planning and participating in the armed robbery of two jewelry stores in the Las Vegas community in January 2017, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada.
Brian Wright, 34, was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to interference with commerce by robbery, two counts of interference with commerce by robbery, and two counts of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. United States District Judge Jennifer Dorsey scheduled a sentencing hearing for March 18, 2019. Wright, who represented himself at trial, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on each robbery count. He faces a mandatory minimum of seven years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on the first firearm count to run consecutive to all other counts and a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison on the subsequent firearm count to run consecutive to all other counts.
During the six-day jury trial, prosecutors introduced evidence proving that Wright planned and recruited multiple gunmen and getaway drivers to rob the Jared Gallery of Jewelry, located at 2110 N. Rainbow Blvd., on January 3, 2017, and the MJ Christensen jewelry store, located at 8980 W. Charleston Blvd., on January 13, 2017. During the Jared’s robbery, Wright provided a firearm to co-conspirator Deandre Nakita Brown to use during the robbery. Brown and co-conspirator Aquail Harris entered the Jared pointing their firearms towards employees and customers. One of the store customers was a father with his one and three-year old children in the store. The gunmen disarmed the security guard and stole over $850,000 worth of jewelry and watches. They delivered the stolen merchandise to a separate getaway vehicle driven by co-conspirators Kendareen Hudson and Safiyyah Christopher. Wright utilized police scanner apps to monitor police radio traffic after the robbery and relayed this information to his co-conspirators. However, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers found the females’ vehicle with the stolen merchandise. They arrested the two females and recovered all of the jewelry.
Ten days later, on January 13, 2017, Wright planned and participated in the robbery of the MJ Christensen jewelry store. Again, Wright recruited others to help him carry out the robbery. He recruited co-conspirator Carl Whitley to procure a getaway car and driver and Brown to serve as a gunman. Wright obtained Whitley’s gun and provided it to Brown to use in the robbery. They stole over $700,000 worth of jewelry and watches. Wright again utilized police scanner apps to monitor police radio traffic after the robbery and relayed this information to his co-conspirators. An off-duty officer outside the jewelry store, however, observed the robber get into a vehicle driven by co-conspirator Randy Jerousek and followed this car to the Suncoast Casino. The vehicle was quickly located parked at the casino with the stolen merchandise in it.
Co-conspirators Harris, Christopher, Hudson, Jerousek, Whitley, and Brown all previously pleaded guilty for their involvement in the armed robberies. Sentencing for Brown is set for February 25, 2019, sentencing for Whitley is set for January 22, 2019, sentencing for Jerousek is set for February 7, 2019, and sentencing for Christopher is set for January 14, 2019.
Wright was convicted earlier this year of Assault on a Federal Officer in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 111(a)(1) and (b). A jury found Wright guilty of that offense after hearing evidence that Wright attempted to flee his residence while law enforcement was attempting to execute a search warrant. In his haste to flee, Wright rammed his car into a law enforcement vehicle that a Task Force Officer was standing next two, nearly striking the Officer. Sentencing is set in that case on January 15, 2019. Wright also represented himself during that trial.
The case was investigated by the FBI and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lisa Cartier-Giroux, Alexandra Michael, and Nadia Ahmed are prosecuting the case.