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Charges filed in series of robberies involving more than 80 incidents

By meerna Jul11,2024
Charges filed in series of robberies involving more than 80 incidents

State prosecutors said charges have been filed in connection with two “unrelated and equally horrific” series of robberies in the Baltimore area, involving more than 80 incidents.

The cases include armed robberies of businesses and citizens and car thefts, with 11 people arrested so far, Deputy Attorney General Candace McLaren Lanham said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The robberies in the first case occurred between November 2023 and January. Five people, ages 17 to 20, have been charged with armed robberies and motor vehicle thefts in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County.

Corey Sabb, Jr., a 19-year-old from Baltimore, faces 155 charges, including participating in a criminal organization; Dewayne Sanders, 20, faces 245 charges of various offenses, and Allen Hill, 18, faces 76 charges. Two 17-year-olds are charged as adults, one with 251 charges and the other with 94 charges.

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Prosecutors said the group first attacked delivery drivers and then moved on to diners and pizzerias, often using handguns and attacking people.

Prosecutors described the attacks as follows:

One person approached the clerk, pretending to buy something with cash. When the clerk opened the register, the others pulled out guns and demanded the clerk give them cash or the entire drawer, threatening to kill the clerk.

The second series of robberies occurred in November and December 2022 around Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Six teens, ages 16 to 19, have been charged in connection with at least 40 incidents, including 16 armed carjackings, 21 kidnappings, 23 armed robberies and a home invasion. One of the teens has also been charged with rape.

The group typically ordered an Uber or Lyft and then threatened the driver with a gun. Some drivers were forced into the trunk or back seat, prosecutors said. The group used the driver’s account to accept rides and robbed or kidnapped passengers, prosecutors said. Some drivers were forced into the back seat for hours, officials said. The group also used ATMs, banking apps and CashApp to obtain or transfer money from victims’ accounts controlled by the organization, prosecutors said.

This story will be updated.

By meerna

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