For Immediate Release
Additional Defendants, Additional Charges in Case of Robbers Who Disguised Themselves as Police
PHILADELPHIA – A superseding indictment was unsealed today in a case involving a violent robbery conspiracy that included armed robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, and drug trafficking, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger and Special Agent-in-Charge Sam Rabadi with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The superseding indictment adds four defendants and 13 charges, including two counts of kidnapping, armed robbery, and six more firearms counts.
The defendants allegedly conspired in a scheme to commit armed robberies dressed in disguises that included police uniforms, badges, bulletproof vests, masks, gloves, and wigs. The indictment alleges that the robbers also tracked targeted victims with GPS devices to rob them in their homes. Various defendants are charged in violent home invasion robberies or attempted robberies that included shooting one victim, water boarding and pouring boiling water on others, and, in one incident, assisting the scheme by playing the role of a robbery victim.
Added to the superseding indictment are: Sei Stone, 42, Edwin Robinson, 42, Louis Miller, 38, James Haines, 25, all of Philadelphia, PA. Also charged (in the original indictment) are: Khalil Smith, Mark Woods, Terrace Munden, Robert Hartley, Hasan Chaney, Levern Jackson, Braheim Ballard, William Jefferson, Romel Anthony, Brandon Segers, Michael Queen, Jeffrey Bellamy, Eric Scott, Daniel Hayes, Marcus Bowens, all of Philadelphia, PA, and Jamal Doggett, of Willingboro, NJ.
Among the charges added to the original indictment, on October 18 and 19, 2013, defendants Mark Woods, Terrance Munden, Hasan Chaney, Robert Hartley, and Louis Miller went to the 3000 block of Master Street to find the victim, a drug dealer that Woods had been following. When the victim tried to get in his car, the defendants, wearing police paraphernalia, identified themselves as officers, assaulted and restrained the victim, covered his head, and drove him from the area against his will and forced him to call a second victim so the defendants could gain access to that victim’s apartment. Once inside the home, the defendants held the second victim, his girlfriend, and a child at gunpoint while they demanded money and drugs. They stole cocaine, cash, and other items.
On March 19, 2014, the superseding indictment alleges that Khalil Smith, Mark Woods, Terrance Munden, Robert Hartley, Hasan Chaney, Levern Jackson, and others, planned a kidnapping for ransom. The defendants approached the victim, assaulted, restrained and kidnapped him. They forced him to strip, threatened and assaulted him, and poured boiling water on him while demanding to know where his drugs and drug money were. The defendants forced the victim to call a family member and instruct that person on where to get $50,000 in ransom money to pay for his release. After Khalil Smith retrieved the ransom money from the drop off point, the victim was released.
If convicted of all charges, each defendant is facing a statutory maximum sentence of life in prison with mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment.
The investigation was led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, with assistance from the Philadelphia Police Department, the Hatfield Township Police Department, the Whitpain Township Police Department, and the Cherry Hill Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Salvatore Astolfi and Jeanine Linehan.
An Indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.