Four Indicted in a Series of Armed Commercial Robberies
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 24, 2009|
BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury has indicted Nikolaos Mamalis, age 57, of Edgewood, Maryland; Daniel Chase, age 64, of Brownsville, New Jersey; Evangelos Tsoukatos, age 47, of Glen Burnie, Maryland; and Antwone Bell, age 25, of Rosedale, Maryland, for conspiring to commit a series of armed commercial robberies, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the indictment, the defendants were part of a conspiracy to steal the proceeds of commercial businesses along with the cash and personal property of the owners of those businesses.
Specifically the indictment alleges that on July 29, 2009, Mamalis, Chase and Tsoukatos, with the assistance of others, robbed Precision Vending in Baltimore City. According to court documents, when police arrived, they found the owner of the business zip-tied and duct taped to a chair. The victim nodded his head when asked if he had been robbed, but was unable to speak. The victim died on August 11, 2009.
According to the indictment, on September 2, 2009, Mamalis, Chase and Tsoukatos, with the assistance of others, robbed the owner of Citizens Pharmacy Services, located in Havre de Grace, Maryland, during an armed home invasion robbery at his Pikesville residence. The indictment alleges that the conspirators stole the business owner’s personal property, as well as cash, which was proceeds from the pharmacy.
The indictment further alleges that on September 29, 2009, Mamalis, Chase, Tsoukatos and Bell robbed the owner of the Sparrows Point Restaurant of cash, which was proceeds from the restaurant, during a home invasion at his residence in Cockeysville, Maryland.
Finally, the indictment alleges that Mamalis, Chase, Bell and others planned and prepared to commit a robbery in New Jersey on November 11, 2009. According to court documents, the three men were arrested after meeting at a café in Atlantic City.
The defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy. All four defendants are currently detained and are expected to have an initial appearance on Friday, December 4, 2009.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked: the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Baltimore City Police Department; Baltimore County Police Department; New Jersey State Police; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger and their offices for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Michael C. Hanlon, Debra L. Dwyer and Thiru Vignarajah, who are prosecuting the case.