A 25-year-old Philadelphia man has been charged with seven counts of armed robbery of banks and pharmacies.
Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Daniel King, 25, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged by Superseding Indictment with three counts of bank robbery; four counts of armed robbery of commercial businesses; one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; and one count of possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.
The Indictment alleges that the defendant robbed the following banks and commercial businesses: the Rite Aid on Windrim Avenue in Philadelphia on June 10, 2018; the PNC Bank on North Broad Street in Philadelphia on June 18, 2018; the Santander Bank on Easton Road in Wyncote on June 20, 2018; the Citizens Bank on South Easton Road in Glenside on June 16, 2018; the Family Financial Check Cashing on West Girard Avenue in Philadelphia on August 28, 2018; the Rite Aid on Rising Sun Avenue in Philadelphia on September 10, 2018; and the Walgreens in Yorktown Plaza in Elkins Park on September 17, 2018.
King allegedly robbed the pharmacies and the check-cashing business while armed with a handgun. The Superseding Indictment further charges the defendant with knowingly possessing a firearm loaded with 18 live rounds of ammunition, while also knowing he had previously been convicted of a felony offense that precluded him from possessing firearms.
“As alleged, this defendant went on a prolific armed robbery spree in the summer of 2018, wreaking havoc on businesses and their employees,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Williams. “Law enforcement experts have said that the majority of violent crimes committed in and around Philadelphia are perpetrated by a small number of brazen criminals. The charges in this Indictment are a perfect case-in-point and exactly why our All Hands On Deck initiative is committed to investigating and prosecuting the most violent criminals; by focusing on the most violent among us, we will have a big impact.”
“The FBI is committed to keeping the Philadelphia area and its citizens safe from predators like Daniel King. Today’s indictment sends a message to violent criminals that if you terrorize our community, we will find you and bring you to justice,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Brian T. Herrick.
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of life in prison, with a mandatory seven-year sentence, five years supervised release, and a $2,250,000 fine.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Cheltenham Township Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas M. Zaleski.
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