Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Kelvin B. Williams, age 34, of Seat Pleasant, Maryland to 140 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and brandishing a gun during a crime of violence, in connection with a series of armed robberies of businesses in Prince George’s County within less than two months. Judge Williams also entered an order that Williams pay restitution of $22,900.78.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Baltimore Field Division; Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks; and Interim Chief Mark Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
“I would like to commend all the law enforcement involved in this investigation,” says ATF Special Agent in Charge Theresa Stoop. “Without such cooperation, a violent offender could still be instilling fear with business owners in our communities.”
According to Williams’ plea agreement, from June 18 through August 3, 2009, Williams, Paul Lewis and Carlos Rodriguez conspired to rob seven businesses in the Prince George’s County area of over $22,900. The defendants were armed during the robberies: Williams and Lewis with a black revolver; and Rodriguez with a BB gun that resembled a handgun. The defendants pointed the guns at store employees and patrons during the robberies.
Williams and one or both of his conspirators robbed: the Ashley Stuart Clothing Store, located at 7001 Martin Luther King Highway in Seat Pleasant, on June 18, 2009, stealing $802.50; the Last Stop Clothing Store, located at 6185 Oxen Hill Road, in Forestville, on June 23, stealing $400; the Famous Pawnbrokers located at 5405 Annapolis Road, in Bladensburg, on July 2, stealing $2,460; and the Game Stop located at 5706 Silver Hill Road in District Heights, on July 20, stealing $5,647.30, along with two PlayStation 3 (PS3) games consoles and 36 PS3 games.
On July 27, 2009, Williams alone robbed the Game Stop in Forestville, stealing $2,740.98, four PlayStation 3 (PS3) game consoles and a PS3 game. On August 1, the three defendants robbed Penn Mar Liquors, located at 3022 Donnell Drive in Forestville, stealing $850.
Two days later on August 3, the three defendants robbed the Famous Pawnbrokers located at 7511 Landover Road in Landover, of $10,000. A witness saw two masked men run out of the Famous Pawnbrokers and followed the vehicle while calling the police. Prince George’s County Police officers intercepted and pursued the car to Lewis’ home where Lewis and Rodriguez were arrested as they got out of the car. Williams ran away. Also on that day, Williams’ girlfriend contacted police and reported that her car, which had been used in the last robbery, had been stolen. Officers arrived at the hotel room where Williams’ girlfriend had been staying and discovered latex gloves, PS3 games, a PS3 Console, PS3 accessories and men’s clothes.
Three days later on August 6, law enforcement executed search and arrest warrants at the residence of Williams’ parents, seizing a scarf worn as a mask during the July 20 and July 27 robberies, ammunition, three PS3 games and a PSP game station; and at a hotel where Williams was staying, seizing approximately $4,701, 133.6 grams of marijuana, 18.4 grams of crack cocaine and 2.4 grams of ecstasy. From Williams’ backpack officers recovered a revolver used in the robberies.
Paul Lewis, age 30, of Landover, Maryland and Carlos Rodriguez, age 21, of Fairmont Heights, Maryland pleaded guilty to their participation in the robberies and were sentenced to 10 years in prison and 55 months in prison, respectively.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Prince Georges County Police and the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Stacy Dawson Belf, who prosecuted the case, and Prince George’s County Assistant State’s Attorney Christine Murphy, who assisted in the prosecution.