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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 18, 2017

Individual Arrested For Armed Robbery

SAN JUAN, P.R. – On December 14, 2017, a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Andie Nikolany-Geigel for interference with commerce by threats or violence, using a firearm during a crime of violence, and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is in charge of the investigation.

The indictment alleges that on or about November 25, 2017, in the District of Puerto Rico, Nikolany-Geigel, while carrying and brandishing a firearm, did take approximately 405 dollars from the TO GO Convenience Store, in the presence of employees, against their will by means of actual and threatened force, violence and fear of injury, threatening the employees with a firearm in order to commit the robbery.

“This defendant threatened the lives of defenseless victims while they were working for the hard earned money during these difficult times,” said US Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. “Through the hard work of federal and state law enforcement and the US Attorney’s Office prosecutors, this defendant will be brought to justice.”  

The FBI and other federal agencies, along with police departments all across Puerto Rico, are making it a top priority to take violent offenders off the streets. We then work with our partners at the United States Attorney’s Office to see that anyone involved in committing these crimes receives the maximum prison sentences allowed by federal law,” said Douglas A. Leff, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, San Juan Field Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Max Pérez-Bouret. If convicted, the defendant faces up to 15 years of imprisonment for the robbery charge (Count One), and up to life imprisonment for the firearms charge (Count Two). Indictments contain only charges and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated December 18, 2017