U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Middle District of Florida
For Immediate Release
February 9, 2010
A. Brian Albritton, United States Attorney
Contact: Steve Cole
(813) 274-6300 (fax)
Armed Robber of Orlando Metro PCS Stores Sentenced to More Than 13 Years in Federal Prison
Orlando, Florida — U.S. Attorney A. Brian Albritton announces that U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Calvin N. Pope, Jr. (age 19, of Winter Park) to 162 months in federal prison on two counts of interference with commerce by robbery and an additional count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The court also ordered Pope’s sentence, at the high-end of the federal sentencing guidelines, to run consecutively to a five-year state prison sentence that Pope already is serving for an unrelated Orange County robbery.
According to the plea agreement, on October 20, 2008, Pope entered a Metro PCS cellular telephone retail store located at 4038 North Goldenrod Road, Winter Park. Once inside, Pope drew a black handgun from his waistband, threatened to shoot the female clerk, and demanded money. After taking money from the cash register and the female clerk’s purse, Pope pushed his victim down a hallway, cornered her in a bathroom, and ordered her to undress at gunpoint. When she refused, Pope hit her on the head with the barrel of the gun and struggled with her before fleeing the business.
The very next day, Pope entered a second Metro PCS store at 3050 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo. Pope again approached a female sales clerk, removed a black handgun from his waistband, and forced the clerk to give him the store’s money. Pope then ordered the victim at gunpoint to move to the rear of the store, telling her that he would kill her unless she complied. Pope eventually forced the victim into a bathroom and ordered her to undress. When the victim resisted, Pope struggled with her, placing his hands around her neck and punching her in the face. Only when the victim screamed for help did Pope flee the business. When captured by authorities two days later, Pope confessed that he had committed both of the robberies.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.