U.S. Attorney’s Office
Miami Fla May 21 2013
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Michael B. Steinbach, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office; and John E. Brooks, Chief, Sunrise Police Department, announced today the guilty plea of defendant Christopher Ferguson, 40, of Plantation, in connection with an armored truck robbery resulting in the theft of $280,000 and a shootout outside the Space Coast Credit Union in Sunrise, Florida.
More specifically, Ferguson pled guilty to the Hobbs Act, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(a). Sentencing has been scheduled for July 29, 2013, at 1:15 p.m. before U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas. At sentencing, Ferguson faces a maximum statutory sentence of up to 20 years in prison on the robbery count, as well as up to three years of supervised release, up to a $250,000 fine, and mandatory restitution.
As alleged in the indictment and statements made in court, on January 17, 2013, a Brinks armored truck arrived at the Space Coast Credit Union in Sunrise, Florida, to make a delivery of United States currency. As the Brinks courier exited the truck and approached the front door of the bank, two masked subjects exited a stolen white Honda that was parked at the bank. Both subjects thereafter ran toward the courier, one of whom was pointing what appeared to be a handgun directly at the guard. One subject ordered the Brink’s courier to the ground and the courier put his hands up and laid down on the ground. At that point, one robber tried unsuccessfully to take the courier’s firearm while the other subject grabbed a bag belonging to Brinks and destined for delivery to the credit union, which contained approximately $280,000. Moments later, both subjects ran back to the stolen Honda. This entire robbery was recorded on bank surveillance video.
Furthermore, according to statements made in court, as the subjects entered the Honda, the Brinks driver and the courier who had just been robbed discharged their firearms multiple times at the subjects and their white Honda as they fled the scene. Ultimately, numerous rounds struck and penetrated their vehicle, which exited the bank parking lot. Law enforcement responded to the location of the abandoned Honda and observed that the vehicle had sustained damage from multiple gun shots. A subsequent search of the stolen vehicle revealed the presence of blood located on the driver’s seat and floorboard area. Law enforcement swabbed the blood and submitted the unknown DNA to the FBI Laboratory. Ultimately, the unknown DNA sample was identified as belonging to Christopher Ferguson.
The second robber remains at large. If anyone has information about the whereabouts of the second individual or this investigation, contact the Miami FBI at 305-944-9101.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, the Sunrise Police Department, the South Florida Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force, and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. This case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marc Anton and Mark Dispoto.
SOUTH PHILADELPHIA – May 17 2013 — An armored car caught fire on Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 95 in South Philadelphia. The fire was reported around 1:45 p.m. in the northbound lanes. When rescuers arrived they found a Garda Armored car up in flames. Firefighters have since extinguished the fire.
The vehicle was hauling money, and State Police were dispatched to await the arrival of another armed car so the money can be transferred. No injuries were reported and none of the money was lost in the fire. Source- WPVI
MIAMI FLA April 28 2013 – The widow of a bank security guard killed in a robbery can amend her claims against city that employed a dirty cop who helped protect the thief, a federal judge ruled.
Nathaniel Moss, 34, is reportedly serving life in prison for the 2010 attempted robbery of an armored truck outside a Bank of America in Miramar, Fla., that left Brink’s guard Alejandro Nodarse Arencibia dead.
Police had found Moss hiding in the bushes after the robbery went south and his accomplices fled, the Sun Sentinel reported. The Miami Gardens man had been given a plea deal that kept him off death row after helping police lock up several of accomplices and members of the drug-trafficking ring to which he belonged.
Moss also helped take down Arthur “Art” Balom, who had been a captain with the police department in Opa-locka. Balom, now 46, admitted to helping the traffickers evade authorities and selling them bulletproof vests stolen from his department.
Authorities found Moss wearing one such vest after the robbery.
Arencibia’s widow, Maria Semana Sanchez, is suing the city of Opa-locka among others for negligence related to her husband’s murder.
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge James King dismissed the claims against Opa-locka for negligent retention and violation of Section 1983 of federal law by operating “in an unscrupulous manner that invited mayhem and disorder often turning a blind eye to improper and illegal activities committed by its officers of an employee.”
These claims fail because Sanchez failed to that the city owed her a particular duty and that it knew about Balom’s “harmful propensities.”
“The only allegation is that bank robber who shot Arencibia wore a vest stolen by the police officer,” King wrote. “This is too attenuated from defendant city of Opa-locka’s employment of the police officer.”
Moreover, even if the city knew about Capt. Balom’s criminal activity, there is still no allegation of a violent propensity.
Sanchez also failed to support her claim about the city’s alleged mismanagement.
“The facts alleged in plaintiff’s amended complaint are simply too skeletal,” King wrote.
Sanchez nevertheless has 30 days to file a second amended complaint.
The ruling does not describe the state of Sanchez’s other claims against Brink’s, Bank of America, Bilnia Inc., Gil Leaseholds and a John Doe.
Balom is not a party to the action.
Source- Court News
BEAUMONT TX April 27 2013 - The driver of a Rochester armored security services truck lost control and crashed into a utility poll in Beaumont on Thursday afternoon.
Police and firefighters responded to the wreck on MLK near Washington Boulevard.
Police say that no one was hurt and that the accident is under investigation.
No other information was made available.
Chicago IL April 21 2013 A man convicted of murder after his co-offender was killed during a 2011 attempted robbery of an armored car was sentenced to 40 years in prison today, the state’s attorney’s office said.
Robert Carey, 52, of Chicago was sentenced by Cook County Judge Matthew Coghlan, the office said in a release.
On Jan. 28, 2011 Carey and his accomplice Jimmy Townsend tried to rob an armored car guard outside a Dollar Store near Chicago and Homan Avenues on the West Side, authorities said.
Although Carey had a .22 caliber handgun and Townsend had a sawed-off shotgun, the guard shot and killed Townsend while Carey was shot and wounded by the guard’s partner during a struggle for a money bag, prosecutors said.
A jury previously had convicted Carey of first-degree murder because Townsend was killed during the robbery attempt.
Source: Chicago Tribune
GREENBELT, Maryland April 14 2013— A federal grand jury in Greenbelt has indicted five men in connection with an armored car robbery, a carjacking and a series of other armed robberies.
The 10-count indictment includes charges of armed robbery, discharging a weapon during a crime of violence, conspiracy and other crimes.
Four of the five men are from the District of Columbia. One is from Upper Marlboro. They’re being held pending trial.
Prosecutors say the crimes included in the indictment occurred from last October to December.
They allege the men robbed an armored car company employee at gunpoint in Takoma Park, then carjacked another car and shot the driver. The men are accused of driving into D.C., where the car was set on fire.
Miami Fla April 5 2013 A South Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for a robbery at Calder Race Track and Casino that left a South Florida armored truck guard dead.
A federal judge sentenced Vladimir Louissant on Wednesday. At the same time, Victoria Barkley got 10 years, and Byron Kyler got five. The trio, along with Reginald Mitchell and Uri Ammar, were convicted last fall of charges related to the August 2011 Brinks truck robbery.
Authorities say Mitchell and Ammar both worked security at Calder, and Mitchell recruited Louissant, Barkley and Kyler to help rob the truck. Court documents say Louissant fired the shot that killed Alvaro Lopez Ramos when the two men exchanged gunfire.
The Miami Herald reports that Mitchell and Ammar have not yet been sentenced.
PORTLAND OR March 23 2013 — A Portland family made off with nearly $4 million by staging robberies of armored cars, but it didn’t make them happy, prosecutors said.
Source: The Columbian
Sgt. Rich Rich Charboneau said Garda armored car service called police just before noon.
A man in a black hoodie approached a guard unloading money at the U.S. Bank on Main Street, he said.
WILMINGTON NC Feb 24 2013—United States Attorney Thomas G Walker announced that CHARLES RICHARD MOORE, JR ., of Timberlake, North Carolina, was sentenced yesterday by Senior United States District Judge James C Fox for his role in the June 23, 2011, robbery of approximately $1,210,440 from a Garda armored vehicle when it was located adjacent to the Washington, North Carolina Bank of America automated teller machine. On June 4, 2012, MOORE pled guilty to Hobbs Act Robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951; and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A). Senior Judge Fox sentenced MOORE to 171 months in prison and five years of supervised release. MOORE was also ordered to pay $963,766 in restitution, which is the difference between the total loss and the money recovered.
To date, almost $250,000 in robbery proceeds have been recovered. One defendant, Emmanuel Wallace, III, was previously sentenced to 252 months in prison for his role in the robbery. One other defendant, Lenard Smith, also pled guilty in the case and is pending sentencing at a future date. This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative, which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified team effort against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Washington Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney John Bennett is prosecuting the case.
Reported by: FBI
Bryan TX Jan 27 2013 An off-duty armored car driver whose route includes a Bryan Hispanic grocery store is accused of an armed robbery where $24,000 dollars was taken.
Officer Kelley McKethan says 24 year old Reginald Brew II of Houston is one of two suspects in the holdup that took place on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
McKethan says store video included a tattoo of a large Transformer emblem on the top of Brew’s left hand.
A store employee, who was struck but not seriously injured, told police they were waiting for the money to be picked up by the armored car service at the time of the robbery.
Tulsa OK Jan 27 2013 An armored truck rolled on its side early Friday morning, backing up traffic badly during the morning rush hour.
The wreck happened about 7:00 a.m. on Highway 75 south of E. 21st Street in west Tulsa.
KRMG arrived on the scene soon after it happened and found the southbound access to 75 off of Southwest Boulevard shut down by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Cars were having to patiently wait to get into the furthest inside lane southbound and snake their way around the wreck.
The truck was on its side in the middle of the outside lane, and had spun so it was facing northwest.
The hood had flown off the truck and landed off the roadway.
The driver tells troopers a van changed lanes in front of him then hit its brakes, and he rolled the armored truck when he swerved to miss it.
Trooper Brian Warren tells KRMG the armored truck has an onboard video system, they will review the recording to try and verify the driver’s account.
He was not seriously injured, but was transported to the hospital as a precaution.
Baltimore MD Jan 25 22013 A federal judge sentenced two partners in an armored-car stick up crew to 32 years and a day each in prison.
Erick Wilson, 28 from Columbia and David Marquise Howard, 29, from Baltimore held up employees of Dunbar Armored at gunpoint, stealing cash from them. The robberies, carried out in Maryland and Washington, D.C., took place between 2008 and 2011, earning the pair and their crew $765,000.
Wilson was sentenced Wednesday and Howard Tuesday. Both pleaded guilty to six robberies.
Wilson’s mother Regina McCullom, 49, and Howard’s girlfriend Gloria Martino, 29, have also pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme and are awaiting sentencing.
Prosecutors said the crew was highly organized, wearing disguises, purchasing cars specifically for each job and using disposable cell phones to communicate during the robberies. Sometimes they would rent hotel rooms to use as a base and a place to divide up the stolen cash.
But other parts of the plot were less sophisticated. When investigators caught up with the crew and arrested Howard, he took them to a spot in Baltimore where he had buried a bag containing $10,000.
SUNRISE, Fla.Jan 23 2013 — Authorities are searching for two armed robbery suspects, one of whom may be wounded, after a shootout during a Brink’s truck delivery to a Space Coast Credit Union branch in Sunrise on Thursday morning.
None of the workers at the credit union, 7751 W. Oakland Park Blvd., were injured during the 10 a.m. incident, Sunrise Police Sgt. Rodney Hailey said.
Video shows a man the FBI said was an armored truck guard being forced to the ground by two men.
The men demanded cash, tried to get the guard’s weapon and took his bag, FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock said.
While still lying prone, the guard can be seen pointing a weapon toward the men as they flee.
“One of the suspects may have been hit, and that’s where we need the public’s help,” Leverock said.
The guard was unharmed, officials said.
Until Jan. 27, Brink’s is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
The FBI asks anyone with information to call 305-944-9101; Sunrise Police at 954-746-3600 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.
MONTGOMERY, AL Jan 18 2013
Crews are working to clear a wreck from Narrow Lane Road after a Haynes Ambulance and an armored Brinks security truck collided. The ambulance overturned in the roadway at Narrow Land and the Southern Boulevard.
Montgomery police say there were no injuries involved in the crash. The ambulance was not transporting a patient at the time of the crash.
Narrow Lane Road traffic is being rerouted west onto a service road until authorities can clear the scene.
Sunrise Fla Jan 18 2013
A brazen morning ambush of an armored car in Sunrise Florida has police and federal agents on the hunt for two suspects who may have been wounded.
The FBI said that the ambush occurred at 10 a.m. when two gunmen approached an unidentified courier and demand his bag of money from a pick-up at Space Coast Credit Union branch.
Knocked to the ground, the FBI said the guard opened fired on the suspects as they ran away and may have wounded them. There were no other injuries.
A video released by the FBI shows the suspects ambushing the courier, running off as the he fires several shots at the men from the ground.
The robbers made off with cash, but the amount will not be released.
Brinks is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the subject. The reward expires January 27.
The FBI said it is believed the suspects used a stolen white Honda Accord to make their initial getaway. The car was later found abandoned nearby.
A second vehicle, seen leaving the area of the abandoned getaway car and believed to be used by the robbers to leave the area, is a silver in color 4-door sedan resembling a 2001 Lexus E300. The car has a rear spoiler and a dent near the trunk keyhole.
If anyone has information to the identity of the bank robbers is asked to call the FBI at 305- 944-9101.
This is the fourth armored car robbery in the US during the past forty eight hours.
AUSTIN, Texas Jan 17 2013 Police have arrested a suspect in an armored car robbery after a chase, gunfire that left a Central Texas officer slightly hurt and a carjacking.
Police say that it began when a man robbed an armored vehicle guard in a store and drove off with bags of money and the guard’s gun.
A chase led to the suspect firing at officers before ditching his vehicle and running. Police say the suspect then carjacked a motorist, who was later released unharmed.
An officer suffered a knee injury during the pursuit. Police are trying to determine if the officer, whose name wasn’t immediately released, was hit by a bullet or shrapnel.
Austin police Chief Art Acevedo says the suspect was captured at an apartment complex late Monday. His name wasn’t immediately released.
There was no report of the security officer being injured.
HOUSTON TX Dec 19 2012
Houston police are investigating an armored car robbery and shooting that occurred at a local grocery store in the 4800 block of West Bellfort
Police that an armored car employee was filling an ATM inside a southwest Houston grocery store when the robbery suspect held a gun to his stomach and robbed him in broad daylight Tuesday at around 2:30 p.m. officials said.
Police said shots were fired but didn’t say if anyone was injured.
Money was scattered on the floor by the ATM machine, a witness said.
The robber escaped in a Ford F-250 pickup truck. He was described as a black man, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 pounds with a slim build and medium complexion. He was wearing a long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, baseball cap and sunglasses.
The store has surveillance cameras so officials hope they can shed light on the suspect.
The FBI and Houston Police Department are investigating. They did not say how much money was taken in the robbery.
Castle Creek NY Dec 18 2012 State police say an armored car carrying millions of dollars in silver bars slid down an embankment Monday morning on Interstate 81 North.
It happened around 7:30, near the Castle Creek Exit. They say the truck was in route to Rochester –from Queens.
Three people were in the truck at the time. Two were taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.
Police are continuing to investigate the accident.
OXON HILL, Md. Dec 13 2012 — A security officer is in serious condition after being shot during a brazen armored truck robbery Tuesday afternoon in Oxon Hill.
Police say three or four men approached the Loomis employee in the parking lot near a Sav-A-Lot store in the 6300 block of Livingston Road around 1 p.m.. A confrontation ensued at which point one of the men shot the guard.
A witness in the grocery store says he heard a pop and saw the guard run into the store a short time later. The security officer was bleeding and had a hole in his face.
The man has been taken to the hospital and in very serious condition.
The driver of the truck was not injured during the robbery.
Prince George’s Police say the robbers made off with some property, but did not elaborate. Authorities also believe the heist was a calculated, well organized attack.
Police are searching for a silver sedan in connection with the robbery.
BILOXI, Mississippi Dec 13 2012— A judge has ordered a Louisiana man to serve 20 years in prison for robbing an armored-car driver at gunpoint in Biloxi.
The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/Z9iCPl ) Judge Lisa Dodson sentenced 39-year-old Ralph Ray Regis, of Slidell, on Monday in Harrison County Circuit Court.
The holdup of a Brink’s security guard was inside a Hobby Lobby store on March 9, 2011. Regis had been set for trial Friday on an armed robbery charge when he decided to plead guilty.
The guard and witnesses told Biloxi police he had just picked up a deposit at the store and was about to leave when a man stuck a gun to the back of his head, demanded he lie on the floor, and took the money bag.