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

Thursday, January 23, 2014

St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty To “Hobbs Act” Robbery

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

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today, that on January 23, 2014, Carvin G. Brooks, a 33-year old St. Louis, Missouri, man pled guilty in federal district court, in East St. Louis, Illinois, to an indictment charging him with one count of “Hobbs Act Robbery.” The Hobbs Act makes it a crime to obstruct, delay, or affect interstate commerce by robbery. Brooks will be sentenced on April 24, 2014, where he faces a maximum potential sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $250,000, followed by a term of 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 mandatory special assessment.

On October 9, 2013, Brooks entered the BP Gas Station and Convenient Mart in Cahokia, Illinois, demanding money from the cashier. Brooks physically assaulted a female clerk, punching her several times on the head with his closed fist, before finally taking approximately $300 from the register. The clerk received medical treatment for the injuries she sustained.

A tip from Crimestoppers led to Brooks’ arrest. This case was investigated by detectives from the Cahokia Police Department and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Neal C. Hong.

Updated February 19, 2015