Four Siblings Sentenced to Prison Terms for Carrying Out Two Robberies in D.C. and Maryland
WASHINGTON—Three brothers and their sister, all from Washington, D.C., were sentenced today to prison terms for 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 sentencing 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).
The brothers—Alex Alexander, Alvin Alexander and Allante Alexander—pled guilty in October 2014 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. Their sister—Allesha Alexander—pled guilty in October 2014 to one count of conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by robbery and one count of acting as an accessory to bank robbery.
The Honorable Senior Judge Paul L. Friedman sentenced Alex Alexander, 22, to 36 months in prison; Alvin Alexander, 24, to 39 months; Allante Alexander, 20, to 36 months, and Allesha Alexander, 25, to 20 months. Upon completion of their prison terms, they will be placed on three years of supervised release. The judge also ordered them to pay $958 in restitution.
According to the government’s evidence, the Alexander brothers entered the Colombo Bank, in the 1300 block of 9th Street NW, at approximately noon on May 12, 2014. After leaving the bank, they 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 government’s evidence, the Alexander brothers and their sister 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., the Alexander brothers returned to the Colombo Bank on 9th Street NW, in their sister’s vehicle. According to the government’s evidence, the three brothers entered the bank while their sister waited inside her vehicle. The brothers robbed the teller of approximately $800 before fleeing to the waiting vehicle. In fleeing the scene, they dropped the money.
In announcing the sentence, 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 prosecuted the case.