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Central Ohio man pleads guilty to five armed robberies at Dayton dollar store

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

DAYTON – David Joseph Carter II, 21, of Powell, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to robbing a local Dollar General store five times while armed.


According to his plea, Carter robbed the Dollar General store on Salem Avenue in Dayton on Feb. 3, 8, 13, 28 and March 7, 2021. Shortly after he stole $471 from the store on March 7, the Dayton Police Department’s Violent Offenders Unit conducted a search warrant at an apartment where Carter was residing and discovered the clothing and shoes he wore during the most recent robbery.


Carter admitted to brandishing a firearm and stealing cash from the store on each of the five occasions.


The defendant pleaded guilty to interfering with commerce by threats or violence and to brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.


Carter faces a minimum of seven years and up to a lifetime in prison. Congress sets the maximum statutory sentence. Sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the Court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.


Vipal J. Patel, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Roland Herndon, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF); and Dayton Police Chief Richard S. Biehl announced the plea entered into today before U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice. Assistant United States Attorney Ryan A. Saunders is representing the United States in this case.


This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.


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Updated July 15, 2021

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime