U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Minnesota
District of Minnesota
For Immediate Release
December 8, 2010
B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney
Contact: Jeanne F. Cooney, Director of Community Relations
Two armed career criminals charged under the Hobbs Act for using firearms to rob a Dunn Bros coffee shop
Two felons were indicted today in federal court in St. Paul for allegedly possessing and
using firearms to commit armed robbery of a Dunn Bros coffee shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis on October 27, 2010.
The indictment charges Carlos Maurice Harris, age 38, of Falcon Heights, and Ronald Harold Moore, age 47, of Inver Grove Heights,
with one count of interference with commerce by robbery under the Hobbs Act, which prohibits robbery affecting interstate commerce.
The indictment also charges the defendants with one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and one count of being a
felon in possession of a firearm. Allegedly, the defendants, both felons, used a nine-millimeter pistol during the robbery in an effort to threaten employees into providing them with cash.
According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in this case, the two men entered the coffee
shop shortly before closing. Moore purportedly pulled a gun and told the two employees to open
the cash drawer and then get down on the ground. After one of the employees put cash in a bag,
Moore reportedly hit her in the head with the butt of the gun and threatened to shoot her after she
indicated there was no additional money in the store. The second employee explained that there
was a safe in the office, which was eventually opened and emptied. After that, Harris allegedly
tied up the two employees, and then one of the robbers reportedly kicked one employee in the
neck and "stomped" the other in the head.
Following the robbery, Harris and Moore reportedly ran from the coffee shop in opposite
directions. Law enforcement, responding to the robbery, spotted Moore, who initially ignored
orders to stop. He ultimately surrendered himself, however, and was arrested. Police found a
nine-millimeter pistol and a bag of cash along the path he took to flee. Officers also pursued and
captured Harris and then found a sweatshirt and a pair of gloves near a dumpster along his route.
That clothing matched what had been worn by one of the robbers. Both men remain in custody.
Harris and Moore have long criminal histories. Their prior felony convictions include first degree
assault and aggravated robbery in Washington County in 1994. Harris also was convicted
of aggravated robbery in Anoka and Dakota counties in 1990 and third-degree burglary in
Dakota County in 2010. Moore also was convicted in Ramsey County of second-degree assault
in 1983, third-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1986, and drugs-prohibited acts in 1989.
Since at least three of each man's prior offenses are violent crimes, they are now subject to
the federal armed career criminal statute. That statute mandates a 15-year minimum prison
sentence if convicted of the felon in possession charge now levied against them. The charge
carries a potential maximum penalty of life in prison. If convicted of robbery or use of a firearm
in relation to a robbery, each man faces a mandatory life sentence based on his criminal record.
All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.
The Hobbs Act, passed by Congress in 1946, allows federal prosecutors to prosecute violent
habitual criminals who commit armed robbery in places of business involved in interstate
commerce. Federal prosecution of these cases are sometimes beneficial since the penalties are
often tougher than they would be in State court. Furthermore, because the federal system has no
parole, those who receive federal sentences serve virtually the entire time imposed.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department and the
United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julie E. Allyn and Steven L. Schleicher.