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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Three Plead Guilty to Federal Firearm Violations in Gulf Breeze Home Invasion Case



PENSACOLA, FLORIDA - Teandre L. Altman, age 21, of Pensacola, pled guilty today to participating in a home invasion on August 27, 2014, with Robert F. Fraser, age 26, and Frank A. Rogers, age 19, who pled guilty previously. The pleas were announced today by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

The allegations leading up to the federal indictment began on August 26, 2014, when a female placed an “Craigslist” ad that said: “Looking to have fun tonight, my place or yours hmu if interested. Friendly with everything and down for anything.” An adult male subsequently contacted the female, and the two individuals communicated through text messages that evening. The male victim provided the female with his address in Gulf Breeze, Florida, and invited her to the residence. Defendant Robert Fraser, a friend of the female, agreed to travel with her to the victim’s residence during the early morning hours of August 27, 2014. Defendant Fraser contacted defendant Teandre Altman to provide transportation to the residence in Gulf Breeze. Defendants Altman and Frank Rogers picked up defendant Fraser and the female and traveled to the victim’s residence where the defendants intended to rob the victim.

Upon arrival, the defendants entered the victim’s residence, violently subdued him, and searched his residence for valuables. The defendants found an unlocked safe and stole the contents including fifteen firearms and a large quantity of ammunition, using the victim’s own suitcases to transport their loot. Once the defendants left, the victim called the police and gave a description of his assailants and their vehicle. Law enforcement officers subsequently located the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop, but the defendants fled through Gulf Breeze, over the Three-Mile Bridge, and into Pensacola at speeds exceeding 100 mph, throwing some firearms from the vehicle into Escambia Bay. The defendants were eventually arrested within several blocks of where they abandoned their vehicle in the East Hill area of Pensacola.

Fraser, Altman, and Rogers are scheduled for sentencing in December 2014. All three defendants pled guilty to conspiracy charges related to the possession of stolen firearms as well as substantive counts of possession of stolen firearms. Fraser and Altman also pled guilty to being convicted felons in possession of firearms. The defendants face up to ten years’ imprisonment on each of the substantive counts, and another five years’ imprisonment on the conspiracy count.

U.S. Attorney Marsh praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Gulf Breeze Police Department, the Pensacola Police Department, and the State Attorney’s Office, whose joint investigation led to the indictment in the case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David L. Goldberg.

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