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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Tennessee

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Robbers of Brink's Truck, Armored Car and Circle K Indicted

Memphis, TN – Two men have been indicted on federal charges for allegedly robbing a gas station and a Brink’s armored truck guard at gunpoint. A man who allegedly robbed an armored car guard has been charged in a separate indictment. Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the indictments today.

According to the indictment, Cornelius Richmond, 48, and Roderick Herron, 50; both of Memphis, Tennessee; robbed a Circle K on North Germantown Parkway in Cordova on April 26, 2016.

Three days later, on April 29, 2016, Richmond and Herron robbed a Brink’s armored truck guard at gunpoint. At the time of the robbery, the victim was in the process of loading cash into the ATM machine at a Regions Bank on Austin Peay Highway.

Both defendants have been charged with two counts of robbery affecting interstate commerce, and one count of brandishing a weapon during a crime of violence. Richmond was also charged with one count of felony possession of a firearm.

Additionally, James Edward Lacey Jr., 31, of Memphis, Tennessee, has been indicted federally for his involvement in a separate robbery.

According to his indictment, Lacey unlawfully possessed a firearm on August 13, 2016.

Five days later, on August 18, 2016, Lacey robbed a Dunbar Armored Service guard. The guard was performing services at the Memphis, Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) office on Summer Avenue at the time of the robbery.

Lacey has been charged with one count of robbery affecting interstate commerce and one count of felony possession of a firearm.

If convicted, all three of the aforementioned defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison for their individual robbery counts. Richmond and Herron face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for the count of brandishing a weapon during a crime of violence. Lacey and Richmond also face up to 10 years for felony firearm possession. All charges carry individual fines of up to $250,000.

These cases are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s West Tennessee Violent Crime Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Whitmore is prosecuting these cases on the government’s behalf.

The charges and allegations in the indictments are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated October 11, 2016