Three Individuals Indicted For Series Of Cell Phone Store Armed Robberies
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Two men and one woman were indicted today in connection to five cell phone store armed robberies in the Las Vegas area, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.
Rushard Burton, 23, Kejon Ward, 23, and Erica Caldwell, 22, all of Las Vegas, were each charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery. In addition, Burton was charged with five counts of interference with commerce by robbery and five counts of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Ward was also charged with two counts of interference with commerce by robbery; two counts of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. Caldwell was also charged with one count of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
According to the indictment, from March 18, 2017 to June 5, 2017, Burton, Ward, and Caldwell conspired together to commit robbery by means of threatened force, physical violence, and fear of injury. Burton is charged with robbing a Sprint store in North Las Vegas on March 18, an AT&T store on May 1, and a Verizon Wireless store in Henderson on May 26, all while brandishing a firearm. Burton and Ward are charged with robbing a Sprint store in Henderson on April 28. Burton, Ward, and Caldwell are charged with brandishing a firearm and robbing a Sprint store on June 5.
The case is a joint investigation by the FBI, North Las Vegas Police Department, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and Henderson Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kilby Macfadden.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.