District Man Pleads Guilty to Carrying Out Two Robberies Within 36 Hours in D.C. and Maryland
WASHINGTON—Alex Alexander, 21, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to federal charges stemming from a pair of robberies that took place within a 36-hour period of a convenience store in Montgomery County, Md. and a bank in the District of Columbia.
The plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
Alexander pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to one count of conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by robbery and one count of bank robbery. The Honorable Senior Judge Paul L. Friedman scheduled sentencing for Jan. 6, 2015. The charges carry a maximum of 20 years in prison, as well as restitution to the victims.
According to a statement of offense, signed by the defendant as well as the government, Alexander and two of his brothers entered the Colombo Bank, in the 1300 block of 9th Street NW, at approximately noon on May 12, 2014. After leaving the bank, he and his brothers decided that they were going to return at some point to rob it.
On May 13, 2014, and continuing into May 14, 2014, according to the statement of offense, Alexander, his two brothers, and one of his sisters were riding around the District of Columbia, in the sister’s vehicle, when they decided they were going to rob a convenience store located at a gas station in the 8300 block of Colesville Road in Silver Spring, Md.
When the four siblings arrived at the convenience store at approximately 2:55 a.m. on May 14, 2014, they entered the establishment and robbed the attendant of about $158 before fleeing the scene and returning to the District of Columbia.
On May 15, 2014, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Alexander and the same two brothers returned to the Colombo Bank on 9th Street NW, in their sister’s vehicle. According to the statement of offense, Alexander and his two brothers entered the bank while their sister waited inside her vehicle. Alexander and his brothers robbed the teller of approximately $800 before fleeing to the waiting vehicle. In fleeing the scene, they dropped the money.
The brothers—Allante Alexander, 20, and Alvin Alexander, 23—and the sister—Allesha Alexander, 25—also are charged with federal offenses in the case. They have pled not guilty.
In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Machen, Assistant Director in Charge McCabe, and Chief Lanier commended the investigative work of the Special Agents from the FBI’s Washington Field Office who worked on the case and the entire joint FBI/MPD Violent Crimes Task Force. In addition, they acknowledged the work of Legal Assistant Candice Sisco, Paralegal Specialist Starla Stolk, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Lucas of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. Finally, they expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney David B. Kent, who is prosecuting the case.