A Florida man has been charged with armed robbery, armed carjacking, and attempting to murder federal agents.
If convicted on all counts, Francisco Cabrera, 28, of Dover, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 28 years, up to life, in federal prison.
According to the indictment, between January 13 and 17, 2022, Cabrera robbed two Smoke Shops and one gas station in the Tampa Bay area.
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During each robbery, Cabrera showed victims a loaded magazine, inserted it into his pistol, and pointed the gun at the victims.
On January 19, 2022, Cabrera approached a victim at a gas station and carjacked him at gunpoint. The same day, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) agents and Lakeland Police Department officers found Cabrera and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.
Cabrera fled at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour in heavy midday traffic, including on Interstate 4.
While fleeing, Cabrera fired multiple shots at the agents and officers pursuing him from his driver-side window. ATF agents returned fire, striking Cabrera, which ended the pursuit.
No other individuals were struck by the gunfire.
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Cabrera has been charged separately by the State Attorney’s Office (10th Judicial Circuit) with attempted murder of local law enforcement officers.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
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