Armed Robbers of Small-Town Pharmacies Indicted
SAN ANTONIO – A federal grand jury in San Antonio returned an indictment this week charging two with robbing pharmacies of narcotics and cash at gun point.
According to court documents, Andre Dupree Jack, 39, of San Antonio and Atseko Factor, 38, of Houston allegedly robbed pharmacies in Luling, Pleasanton and Seguin and attempted to rob another pharmacy in Sealy. During the robberies, the defendants brandished firearms and used zip ties to bind pharmacy employees and customers. The defendants took controlled substances and U.S. currency from the pharmacies as well as personal belongings from employees and customers.
Jack and Factor are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit pharmacy robbery; three counts of pharmacy robbery; and three counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Jack is also charged with an additional count of pharmacy robbery; an additional count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence; and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The defendants will be scheduled next week for an initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Texas. If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of five years in prison on the conspiracy charge; a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison on each of the pharmacy robbery charges; a mandatory minimum of seven years on each of the brandishing of a firearm charges; and Jack faces a maximum 10 years in prison on the felon in possession charge. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff of the Western District of Texas; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel Comeaux; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Fred J. Milanowski made the announcement.
The DEA and ATF are investigating the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Nowinski is prosecuting the case.
This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.