You are here

Justice News

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nevada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Three Men Sentenced For Multiple Cell Phone Store Armed Robberies

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Three men from Las Vegas were sentenced on Tuesday to federal prison for their roles in a string of armed robberies of cell phone stores, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.

 

Fred Oaxaca, 20; Martin Garcia, 20; and Luis Cuevas, 22, were sentenced to 120 months, 120 months, and 85 months, respectively, by U.S. District Judge Richard F. Boulware II. Another defendant, Marcus Hammon, 22, was sentenced to 105 months by U.S. District Judge Kent J. Dawson on March 28, 2017.

 

On Dec. 13, 2016, Hammon pleaded guilty to one count of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. On Dec. 15, 2016, Oaxaca pleaded guilty to three counts of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; Garcia pleaded guilty to two counts of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; and Cuevas pleaded guilty to one count of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

 

According to their individual plea agreements, on Feb. 16 and 25, 2016, Oaxaca, Garcia, and Cuevas committed a robbery of an AT&T store and a Verizon Wireless store. Hammon also participated in the Feb. 25, 2016 Verizon Wireless store robbery. During the course of the robberies, Oaxaca, Garcia, and Hammon brandished firearms and at gunpoint ordered the employees and customers to go to the rear of the store and to lay face down on the ground. They stole cell phones, electronics, and cash from the store and fled the scene in a vehicle being driven by Cuevas, who had remained outside.

 

In addition, Oaxaca admitted that, on Feb. 12 and 18, 2016, he and other co-conspirators committed robberies of two T-Mobile stores. During the course of the robberies, Oaxaca brandished a firearm and at gunpoint ordered the employees to go to the rear of the store and to lay face down on the ground. A co-conspirator then used a zip-tie to secure the employees’ hands behind their back. They stole cell phones, electronics, and cash from the store. In addition, the defendants admitted that the total loss attributed to all of the store robberies was in excess of $95,000, but less than $500,000.

 

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip N. Smith Jr.

 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a nationwide commitment by the Department of Justice to reduce gun and gang crime in America by networking local programs that target gun and gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. For more information about Project Safe Neighborhoods, visit www.justice.gov/usao-nv.

 

###

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Component(s): 
Updated June 14, 2017