St. Croix Man Pleads Guilty to Robbery and Related Charges
St. Croix, USVI – On Thursday, January 14, 2016, Daniel Ramos, 40, pleaded guilty in federal court on St. Croix to one count of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.
According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on June 21, 2014, Ramos and Edigberto Diaz, 46, entered Quality Foods located at Estate Castle Coakley, St. Croix. Diaz was carrying a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun with an obliterated serial number containing 14 rounds of ammunition and Ramos carried a toy gun. They entered into an office area, pointed the guns at two individuals and demanded that they open the safe. Ramos and Diaz removed $24,289.17 in cash and
checks. They also took personal items belonging to the victims.
Ramos faces a maximum of 20 years and a $250,000.00 fine on the robbery count and a mandatory seven years and a $250,000.00 fine on the gun count. A sentencing date has been set for May 23, 2016. Diaz pleaded guilty on August 18, 2015, to the same counts and will be sentenced on February 19, 2016.
This case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhonda Williams-Henry.