Two More Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Terms for Treasure Coast PNC Bank Robbery Spree
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, John A. Bolduc, Chief, Port St. Lucie Police Department, Ken J. Mascara, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Sean Baldwin Chief, Ft. Pierce Police Department, J. Michelle Morris, Chief, Sebastian Police Department, and Deryl Loar, Sheriff, Indian River Sheriff’s Office, announce the sentencing of Anthony Isaac Johnson, 25, and Allen Demetrius Bradford, 23, both of West Palm Beach, by U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez. Johnson was sentenced to 35 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Bradford was sentenced to 481 months (over 40 years) in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
Previously sentenced in this case were defendants Ivory Lee Robinson, III, 22, and Tomaleesha Jeffie Laqua McKeliver, 22, both of West Palm Beach, by U.S. District Judge Donald L. Graham. Robinson, a career offender, was sentenced to 262 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release on February 27, 2014. McKeliver was sentenced to 102 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release on December 16, 2013.
Defendants Raven Simone Sayers, 23, of Hallandale, Herbert Lenorris Smith, 37, of West Palm Beach, and Joe JR Desilien, 25, of West Palm Beach, were previously sentenced by Judge Martinez. Sayers was sentenced to 162 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release on March 10, 2014. Smith was sentenced to 204 months, followed by five years of supervised release on May 20, 2014. Desilien was sentenced to 194 months, followed by five years of supervised release on July 14, 2014.
Paul Edward Moore pled guilty on May 14, 2014, and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 18, 2014.
Each of the defendants previously pled guilty to interference with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act), in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951, and using and carrying a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).
According to court documents, between June 8, 2013 and July 8, 2013, employees of five PNC bank branches, located in the counties of Indian River, Volusia, Hillsborough, and St. Lucie Counties, were robbed at gunpoint by three black males, whose faces were covered, wearing gloves. In all of the robberies, one male would brandish a handgun, while the other two approached and/or jumped the tellers’ counters demanding money.
On June 8, 2013, three black males entered the PNC Bank in Sebastian. Moore, Johnson and a third male ran into the bank, with Moore and Johnson jumping over the counter, with the third male remaining in the lobby area, brandishing a semiautomatic handgun. Bank employees and a customer, who was at the front counter, were ordered and forced to the floor, as the Moore and Johnson searched the teller drawers. After taking a large quantity of cash, which included a dye pack, all three males fled in a stolen vehicle, which they abandoned nearby.
On June 20, 2013, Moore, Johnson and Bradford entered the PNC Bank in Port Orange with faces covered and wearing gloves. Bradford brandished a firearm at the bank employees, while Moore and Johnson jumped the teller counters, demanding and taking United States currency. The three males fled the bank in a stolen vehicle, driven by Desilien, which was found abandoned nearby. Prior to the robbery, at a nearby McDonald’s restaurant, surveillance camera shows Moore, with Johnson and Desilien.
On July 1, 2013, Moore, Johnson and Bradford entered the PNC Bank in Tampa with faces covered, wearing gloves. One male brandished a firearm at the bank employees while the other two males jumped the teller counters, demanding and taking United States currency. The three males fled the bank in a stolen vehicle, found abandoned nearby. On this date, Sayers was in possession of a leased vehicle, in which the robbers fled the Tampa area.
During the night of July 7, 2013, into the early morning hours of July 8, 2013, Johnson, Moore, Bradford, Desilien, Sayers, Robinson, McKeliver, and Smith, met in West Palm Beach and planned and agreed to rob two St. Lucie County PNC banks at gun point. In order to carry out the two robberies, the group separated into two teams. The plan was for each team to have a female as a getaway driver and three males. Sayers and McKeliver agreed to be the robbery getaway drivers. Each team would steal a van, rob each of the banks at gunpoint, with their faces covered, leave the bank in the van, and transfer into the getaway vehicles, in order to flee the area. Sayers and McKeliver drove rental cars. The two teams travelled from Palm Beach County to St. Lucie County in the two rented cars. While en route, the two teams remained in cellular phone contact with one another. Once in St. Lucie County, the teams scouted PNC Banks and escape routes and stole two vans in Ft. Pierce for use in the two bank robberies. Later on July 8, 2013, two St. Lucie County PNC Banks were robbed at gunpoint, almost simultaneously. Law enforcement eventually identified, located, arrested and charged Sayers, Robinson, McKeliver, and their co-conspirators.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, Port St. Lucie Police Department, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Ft. Pierce Police Department, Sebastian Police Department, Indian River Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Port Orange Police Department, and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for their work on this case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carmen Lineberger.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.