TAMPA, Fla. – A Tampa area trio has been indicted on a series of convenience store robberies in the Tampa Bay area.
Dyonnie Alvarez, 22, Tampa, her brother, Christopher Alvarez, 18, Gibsonton, and Enrique Marquez, 26, Tampa with four Hobbs Act robberies, conspiracy to commit those robberies, and four counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence during the commission of those robberies.
Dyonnie Alvarez and Marquez have also each been charged with an additional Hobbs Act robbery. If convicted, each faces up to 20 years for each robbery count, and up to 20 years for the conspiracy count.
The firearm charges each carry a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 7 years, and up to life, in prison consecutive to any other term of imprisonment.
The indictment also notifies the defendants that the United States intends to forfeit any firearm and ammunition traceable to the offenses as well as the proceeds the defendants obtained as result of their offenses.
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According to the indictment, on May 5, 2022, Dyonnie Alvarez, Christopher Alvarez, and Marquez robbed two convenience stores in the Tampa area. During the robberies, they brandished a firearm.
The next morning, the trio robbed two more Tampa area convenience stores in the same manner. In addition, on May 1, 2022, Dyonnie Alvarez and Marquez attempted to rob a citizen in an attempt to obtain narcotics.
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.