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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

St. Louis Man Charged In Federal Court With Robbery Of Cahokia Gas Station

Case Is One of Many Brought as a Result of United States Attorney Wigginton’s Metro-East Armed Robbery Initiative

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on October 23, 2013, Carvin G. Brooks, 33, of St. Louis, Missouri, was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in East St. Louis, Illinois, with count 1, interference with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act) in connection with a robbery of a BP Gas Station that occurred in Cahokia, Illinois, on October 9, 2013.

If convicted of a violation of the Hobbs Act, Brooks faces a term in prison of up to 20 years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of up to 5 years, as well as a mandatory assessment of $100.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant that is comprised of the essential facts constituting the offense charged. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

A tip from Crimestoppers led to the arrest of the defendant. This case is being investigated the Cahokia Police Department and is assigned to Special Assistant United States Attorney Neal C. Hong for prosecution.

Updated February 19, 2015