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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Rochester Man Sentenced For McDonalds And Liquor Store Robberies

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Malik Lott, 25, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of two counts of Hobbs Act Robbery, was sentenced to serve 60 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean C. Eldridge, who handled the case, stated that in the early morning hours of December 28, 2018, Lott went to the McDonald’s restaurant on East Avenue in Rochester with co-defendants Lavon Wims and Juwan Baldwin. Lott and Wims entered the restaurant, and Wims held a knife to the throat of an employee. Wims then dragged the employee to the cash register—and then to the safe—and demanded money.  At the same time, Lott displayed what appeared to be a handgun to another McDonald’s employee. Wims and Lott then fled the McDonald’s with the stolen cash.

On January 23, 2019, Lott went to Jordy’s Spirits on Dewey Avenue in Rochester with co-defendants Lavon Wims and Kayla Dade. Lott and Wims entered the store, and Wims pointed what appeared to be a gun at the store employee, and demanded money.  Lott waited by the front door of the store, and after Wims told the employee to give them money, Lott then assisted Wims in removing cash from the register drawer. Wims and Lott then fled the store with the stolen cash.
Co-defendants Baldwin, Wims, and Dade were all previously convicted and are awaiting sentencing.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crimes Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Eric Laughton; and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron Singletary.

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Violent Crime
Updated November 19, 2019