Albuquerque Woman Pleads Guilty to ATM Robbery Spree in Summer 2013
ALBUQUERQUE—Dominique Dickens, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning to committing a series of robberies in the summer of 2013.
Dickens and her co-defendant, Kelvin L. Dickerson, also of Albuquerque, were arrested in Dec. 2013, on an eight-count indictment charging them with conspiracy and seven Hobbs Act robberies. According to the indictment, between June 2013 and early Sept. 2013, the duo engaged in a scheme to rob employees of businesses engaged in interstate commerce in Bernalillo County, N.M. Dickens drove Dickerson to automatic teller machines (ATMs) where he robbed individuals who were making deposits. Dickens picked up Dickerson after he committed the robberies and drive him away.
Dickerson entered a guilty plea to all eight counts of the indictment on July 2, 2014, and admitted that between June 28, 2013 and Sept. 5, 2013, he conspired with Dickens to rob individuals as they were making deposits into ATMs. Dickerson admitted robbing seven individuals during this time period. His victims were employed by One Main Financial, Loan Max Title Loans, Church’s Chicken, National Insurance, Sonic and Radio Shack, all of which are businesses engaged in interstate commerce.
Today Dickens pled guilty to a conspiracy charge and three Hobbs Act robbery charges and admitted conspiring with Dickerson to interfere with interstate commerce by robbing individuals who were making deposits at ATMs on behalf of their business employers. Dickens specifically admitted aiding and abetting Dickerson in robbing the victims by driving him to the vicinity of the ATMs and then driving him away from the crime scenes on three occasions.
Sentencing hearings have not been scheduled for Dickens and Dickerson. Each faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison on each charge to which they pleaded guilty.
This case was brought as part of a law enforcement initiative launched in July 2012, by the FBI’s Violent Crimes and Major Offender Squad and the Albuquerque Police Department’s Armed Robbery Unit that targets suspects implicated in commercial armed robberies. This initiative is part of a federal anti-violence initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” offenders for federal prosecution. Under the worst of the worst anti-violence initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies work with New Mexico’s District Attorneys and state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to target violent or repeat offenders for federal prosecution with the goal of removing repeat offenders from our communities for as long as possible.
The case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Albuquerque Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jon K. Stanford.