Career Offender Admits to Three Robberies

On August 8, 2013, two men drove to the post office in Hyattsville, Maryland.

One of them entered the post office to scout the inside while his partner waited outside in the getaway vehicle. Then both men were in the post office.

One of them pointed a long black paintball gun at an employee. The employee and a co-worker fled from their cash drawers. One robber grabbed money and money orders out of a drawer, then both intruders drove off in their car.

Went behind the counter

On August 15, 2013, the pair traveled to the Glut Food Co-Op in Mount Rainer, Maryland. As one of them waited outside in the vehicle, his partner entered the store, walked behind a counter where an employee was working and displayed a paintball gun.

He ordered the employee to open the cash register and then grabbed some money. The robbers rain to their car and took off.

On September 17, 2013, the two robbers went to the Dollars and Sense store in Brentwood, Maryland, and walked in together. One of them demanded that an employee open a cash register, from which he took money and a cash box.

The other robber, who was armed with a firearm, saw another employee approach a store exit door. A fight ensued, and the employee was hit on the head. The robbers drove off in their vehicle.

Search warrant executed

On the same day as the Dollars and Sense robbery, officers recovered the firearm that was used in the robbery. The next day, September 18, 2013, officers executed a search warrant at the home where the suspects were living and recovered a paintball gun and clothing used in the robberies.

One of the men, career offender James Davis, 56, formerly of Washington, D.C., had previously been convicted of a felony and was thus prohibited from possessing a firearm. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit robbery, robbery of money belonging to the United States, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a robbery, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Davis and the government have agreed that if the court accepts the plea agreement they made, Davis will be sentenced to 16 years in prison. The sentencing is scheduled for August 2015.

Davis’ partner, Recardo Beatty, age 50, of Washington, D.C., previously pleaded guilty to his participation in the robberies and awaits sentencing.

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