U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York
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May 29, 2015

Rochester Man Indicted on Robbery and Gun Charges

ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury in Rochester has returned an indictment charging Aaron L. Rucker, 38, of Rochester, NY, with attempted Hobbs Act robbery and use of a firearm during a crime of violence. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of seven years in prison and a maximum of life and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank H. Sherman, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, on November 4, 2014, the defendant is accused of attempting and conspiring to rob money and controlled substances from an individual engaged in the unlawful distribution and possession of controlled substances, including heroin and marijuana. Rucker is also accused of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of the crime.

Rucker was arraigned this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Johnathan W. Feldman. He is being held pending a detention hearing on June 4, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

The indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Rochester Area Major Crimes Task Force and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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