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Charlotte Man Is Sentenced For Armed Robbery And Firearms Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –Valentino Cabral Darosa, 30, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 17 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for the armed robbery of a local business and related firearms offenses, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Michael C. Scherck, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, and Chief Johnny Jennings of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to filed court documents, evidence introduced at trial and witness testimony, on October 23, 2020, CMPD officers responded to a robbery service call at Atlantic Metals Xchange, located at 11318 N. Community House Road, in Charlotte. The store owner told officers at the scene that prior to opening for business an individual later identified as Darosa approached the store and knocked on the door. When the store owner did not immediately answer, Darosa walked away. The store owner then went outside and approached Darosa. Following a brief exchange, Darosa produced a firearm and forced the store owner into the business and into a back room. As trial evidence established, Darosa ordered the store owner to unplug the surveillance system’s recorder, then handcuffed the store owner and opened the safes. Darosa began stealing items from the safes and proceeded to duct-tape the store owner’s hands and ankles together. Court records show that Darosa took approximately $133,980 in property and cash and the surveillance system’s hard drive. Darosa also took the store owner’s backpack, which contained a firearm, cash, and the victim’s wallet. After Darosa fled the scene, the store owner managed to free himself and call 911 for assistance. On November 5, 2020, CMPD officers arrested Darosa at his apartment in Charlotte. During a search of Darosa’s apartment and vehicle, law enforcement recovered several items Darosa had stolen from the business. According to court records, Darosa was on post-release supervision when he committed the armed robbery. He also has multiple felony convictions in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties and he is therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm.

A federal jury convicted Darosa of robbery of a business affecting interstate commerce, or Hobbs Act Robbery, using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm by a felon. He is currently in federal custody.

In making today’s announcement U.S. Attorney King thanked the FBI and CMPD for their investigation of the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Hess and Dana Washington prosecuted the case.

Updated December 20, 2022

Violent Crime
Firearms Offenses