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Broward County Resident Sentenced to Seventeen Years in Federal Prison for String of Armed Robberies

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ari C. Shapira, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office, Gregory Tony, Sheriff, Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), and Anthony W. Rosa, Chief, Sunrise Police Department, announced that Dwight Courtney Grinion, 25, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas to a total of 17 years in prison and 5 years of supervised release for armed robberies in South Florida.

On Aug. 13, 2019, Grinion pled guilty to three counts of Hobbs Act robbery, one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence (Case No. 19-CR-60115-WPD).   

According to the court record, including an agreed upon factual proffer, Grinion robbed commercial establishments at gunpoint between March 22, 2019 and April 24, 2019.   On March 22, 2019, he robbed a Subway restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale and discharged a revolver during the commission of the crime.  On April 20, 2019, Grinion robbed a Dunkin Donuts store in Sunrise, Florida at gunpoint.  The last robbery, on April 24, 2019, occurred at Designers Jewelry Collection, a jewelry store at the Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise.  During that robbery, Grinion pointed a revolver at an employee of the jewelry store while stealing a gold bracelet worth approximately $2,500.

All of the victim companies purchase products in interstate commerce and sell products to customers throughout the United States and abroad.

U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of ATF, BSO and Sunrise Police Department in this matter.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Juman.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

Updated November 4, 2019