Bloods Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Multiple Violent Acts
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Abdur R. Roland, 26, of Prince William County, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to charges of Hobbs Act robbery, use of a firearm during a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Colonel Edwin C. Roessler, Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police; Stephan M. Hudson, Prince William County Chief of Police; Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Paul B. Ebert, Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.
Roland was charged via criminal complaint on February 3, 2015, and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced on May 8, 2015. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Roland, known by the gang moniker “Boo,” participated in the carjacking of two individuals who were allegedly selling marijuana on May 13, 2013. Following the carjacking, members of the Bloods street gang, using one of the carjacking victims’ drivers’ license as a guide as well as the house key found on the victims key chain, committed a home invasion robbery at one of the carjacking victim’s homes later that same evening. During the home invasion, two innocent bystanders were tied up with zip ties and held at gunpoint, and one victim was sexually assaulted. In addition to the carjacking and home invasion, Roland also participated in an assault where he and his co-conspirators threw bricks through the windows of a home and then fired gunshots into the home, which was occupied at the time.
This case was investigated by the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, the Fairfax County Police Gang Unit, the Prince William County Police Department, the FBI’s Washington Field Office, with assistance from the Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Zach Terwilliger and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine Ahn are prosecuting the case.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:15CR53-LMB.