Washington, D.C. Man Convicted in the Murder of Dunbar Armored Car Employee in Prince George’s County
|U.S. Attorney’s Office June 03, 2009|
GREENBELT, MD—A federal jury convicted Earl Whittley Davis, age 39, of Washington D.C., today of robbery and using a gun in the murder of a Dunbar armored car employee, carjacking, using a gun in furtherance of the carjacking, and being a felon in possession of a gun and ammunition, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
“Earl Davis will never again be able to commit a murder on the streets of Prince George’s County,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “A jury verdict cannot replace a lost life, but it brings a small measure of justice for Jason Schwindler, a 28-year-old Navy veteran and a husband and father, who was brutally murdered during an armored car robbery.”
Prince George’s County Police Chief Roberto Hylton stated, “The Prince George's County Police Department greatly appreciates the efforts of the United States Attorney's Office in prosecuting this dangerous predator.”
According to testimony at Davis’ five week trial, on August 6, 2004, Jason Schwindler, a Dunbar armored car employee, exited the armored vehicle and walked towards the front door of BB&T Bank at 3505 Hamilton Street in Hyattsville, Maryland with a money bag containing $57,118.70 in cash and checks amounting to $5,594. Two armed men, including Earl Davis, approached Schwindler and shot him multiple times. The men grabbed the money bag and entered a stolen Jeep Cherokee sport utility vehicle parked in front of the bank. The driver in the armored car drove into the Jeep Cherokee, disabling it. The two men ran to the rear of the bank where they pointed guns at a bank customer who was approaching her car and demanded her keys. They fled in the bank customer’s car. Later that day, the customer’s stolen car was recovered in northeast Washington, D.C. with the empty money bag inside. DNA evidence recovered from a ballcap left on the scene, the steering wheel of the Jeep Cherokee, and the steering wheel of the carjacked vehicle was matched to the DNA of Earl Davis. Davis was arrested on October 25, 2004.
Davis faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus has scheduled sentencing for September 18, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Davis remains in federal custody.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the investigative work performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Prince George’s County Police Department, Hyattsville City Police Department and United States Park Police and commended Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey for his office’s cooperation and coordination in this case. Mr. Rosenstein also thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Deborah Johnston and Emily Glatfelter, who are prosecuting the case.