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Nine Men Charged with Robbing Pharmacies

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A federal grand jury here has charged nine Southern Ohio men with crimes related to the armed robberies of 11 Ohio pharmacies.


Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Roland Herndon, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced the charges that were unsealed today.


According to the indictment, from April to October 2018, co-conspirators would present demand notes at pharmacies that stated they were completing an armed robbery and they would kill the employees of the pharmacy if the employees did not comply with demands for narcotics listed in the note.


The robberies occurred on:

April 16, 2018, at Rite Aid on Linden Avenue in Dayton;

April 26, 2018, at Rite Aid on McAdams Drive in New Carlisle;

May 22, 2018, at CVS on Sawmill Road in Columbus;

June 2, 2018, at CVS on Montgomery Road in Norwood;

June 7, 2018, at CVS on Montgomery Road in Silverton;

July 5, 2018, at Rite Aid on North Wolfe Creek Street in Brookeville;

August 4, 2018, at Rite Aid on West National Road in Vandalia;

August 8, 2018, at Rite Aid on South Allison Avenue in Xenia;

August 17, 2018, at Rite Aid on Central Avenue in Middletown;

September 5, 2018, at Rite Aid on Linden Avenue in Dayton; and

October 15, 2018, at Rite Aid on Union Boulevard in Englewood.


Those charged include:



City of Residence

Courtney A. Byrd



Damar L. Kerley



James P. Taylor, Jr.



Cameron D. Redd



Ja’Mical L. Betts



Dasean Whitehead



Justin J. Jefferson, Jr.



Rodney A. Robbins II



Philmore B.P. Alexander IV




Defendants are charged with conspiring to commit Hobbs Act Robbery, interfering with interstate commerce by robbery and possessing with the intent to distribute Oxycodone. Each of the three crimes is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.


U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation of this case by ATF, the Columbus, Dayton, Norwood, Brookeville, Vandalia, Xenia, Middletown and Englewood police departments, Clark County, Montgomery County and Hamilton County sheriff’s offices and the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as Assistant United States Attorneys David J. Bosley and Kelly Norris, who are prosecuting the case.


An indictment merely contains allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Updated February 12, 2019

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