Charlotte Man Indicted on Hobbs Act Robbery and a Related Gun Charge Resulting in Death
CHARLOTTE, NC—Demarcus Donte Ivey, 34, of Charlotte, has been indicted on robbery and gun charges, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. A federal grand jury sitting in Charlotte returned the two-count indictment on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, charging Ivey with Hobbs Act Robbery and use of a firearm during and in furtherance of a crime of violence resulting in death.
John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division; Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department; and Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray join U.S. Attorney Rose in making this announcement.
“Crimes of violence uniquely affect the community and specifically the victims of such crimes. In this district, we work closely with our state counterparts and make prosecutorial decisions that maximize our options and ensure that the appropriate venue is utilized, whether it is state or federal court. Given the factors and circumstances of this case, Ivey’s federal prosecution will best meet the ends of justice,” said U.S. Attorney Rose, who is also handling Ivey’s prosecution.
“A man’s life was cut short because of the ruthless and callous actions of a violent killer. Today’s indictment is the result of an intense investigation between federal and local law enforcement agencies committed to holding accountable offenders who put the safety of our communities at risk,” said Strong, FBI’s Special Agent in Charge.
“The strong partnership between my office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office creates a coordinated effort between state and federal prosecutors working here in Mecklenburg County to ensure that our resources are shared to best protect this community and seek justice in every case,” said District Attorney Murray.
“This indictment sends a very strong message to those who engage in violent criminal activity. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and our partner agencies will continue to be steadfast in our focus to keep the community safe,” said CMPD Chief Putney.
According to the allegations contained in the charging document, in or about September 2009, Ivey robbed Club Nikki’s, which is located in Charlotte. The indictment alleges that over the course of the robbery, Ivey shot and killed Adrian Youngblood, who was a patron at Club Nikki’s.
The Hobbs Act Robbery offense carries a maximum of 20 years in prison, and the offense related to the use, carry, brandish and discharge of a firearm during and in furtherance of a crime of violence resulting in death carries a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.
Ivey is currently in state custody and will be transferred to the custody of the U.S. Marshals to appear in court on the federal charges.
The charges contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
In making this announcement, U.S. Attorney Rose praised the investigative work of the FBI and CMPD and thanked the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office for their continued support and cooperation with this case.