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Two Charlotte Men Are Sentenced To Prison For The Attempted Armed Robbery Of A Local Restaurant

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina
During the Attempted Robbery A Victim Sustained Multiple Gunshot Injuries


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad Jr. sentenced to prison today Deonte Marques Curry, 27, and Trevon Gregory Ricks, 26, both of Charlotte, for the attempted armed robbery of Mr. C’s Original Soul Food restaurant, during which a victim sustained multiple gunshot injuries, announced William T. Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Judge Conrad ordered Curry to serve 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release. Ricks was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. 

Robert R. Wells, 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 Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer in making today’s announcement.

According to filed court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, on March 5, 2020, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Curry and Ricks attempted to rob Mr. C’s Original Soul Food restaurant, located at 3726 North Tryon Street, in Charlotte. Court records show that Ricks and Curry entered the restaurant through a rear access door, and ordered an employee working in the kitchen area to get on the ground. The employee complied and the two robbers headed toward the front of the restaurant. Upon entering the front area, Curry pointed a loaded 9mm pistol equipped with an extended magazine at the restaurant owner and demanded his wallet. While the owner put his hands up, another individual, identified in court documents as M.C., tackled Curry in an attempt to disrupt the robbery. A struggle ensued and Curry fired his pistol several times, striking M.C. in the chest, stomach, left arm and right hand. Ricks fled the scene, while the restaurant owner continued to struggle with Curry, until CMPD police officers arrived and arrested Curry at the scene. Ricks was apprehended nearby shortly thereafter.

In September 2020, both Curry and Ricks pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act Robbery and attempted Hobbs Act Robbery and aiding and abetting. They are currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.

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

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Hess, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, prosecuted the case.


Updated August 11, 2021

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