Friday, September 14, 2012

Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty in the Robberies and Attempted Robberies of Baltimore Check-Cashing Stores, Liquor Store, and Bank

Stole More Than $32,000 in Three Robberies; Attempted Two More Robberies

BALTIMORE—Evan Foreman, age 34, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to robbery and using a gun in furtherance of a robbery in connection with five robberies or attempted robberies of two check cashing stores, a liquor store, and a bank.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge Timothy P. Groh of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Barksdale; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.

According to his plea agreement, from prior to August 2010 to at least June 20, 2011, Evan Foreman conspired with his brothers, Michael and Brian Foreman; his neighbor Christopher Horton; and others to rob commercial establishments in the Baltimore area. The robbers scouted the location of the store or bank and borrowed a gun from a third party who would receive part of the stolen money.

Evan Foreman admitted that he and at least one other conspirator robbed One Stop Shop, a liquor store located at 4905 Frankford Avenue in Baltimore, on July 27, 2010, in which he used a handgun to steal $600; robbed Gold’s Check Cashing store located at 10 West 22nd Street in Baltimore, on October 27, 2010, in which he used a pistol to steal $21,684.61 in cash and checks; attempted to rob a PNC Bank branch located within the Giant supermarket at 9730 Groffs Mill Drive in Owings Mills, Maryland on December 27, 2010, at which Horton worked; attempted to rob an ACE check cashing store located at 200 North Highland Avenue in Baltimore, on January 21, 2011, in which he beat a woman before giving up his attempted robbery; and used a firearm to rob the same PNC Bank of $10,600 on February 14, 2011 while Horton was working at the bank.

Foreman faces a maximum sentence of 20 years for robbery and life in prison for possessing a gun in furtherance of a crime of violence. U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar has scheduled sentencing for January 2, 2013.

Michael Foreman, age 45; Brian Foreman, age 39; and Christopher Horton, age 30, all of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to their participation in the scheme. Brian Foreman was sentenced on September 7, 2012 to 51 months in prison. Michael Foreman and Christopher Horton are awaiting sentencing.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI, the Baltimore City Police Department, and the Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Benjamin M. Block, who is prosecuting the case.

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