For Immediate Release
Cleveland Brothers Indicted on Robbery and Gun Charges
PITTSBURGH - Two siblings from Cleveland, Ohio, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal robbery and firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The seven-count indictment, returned on October 16, named the defendants as Rayshawn Patterson, 19, and Reginald Patterson, 21, both formerly of 12305 Rexford Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44105.
According to the indictment, on December 23, 2017, Rayshawn Patterson and Reginald Patterson conspired to commit and committed a theft of a licensed firearms dealer, DSD Sports, located at 328 B. West Main Street, Brookville, PA 15825, stealing 14 pistols and two assault rifles. On that same date, Rayshawn Patterson and Reginald Patterson are charged with transporting the stolen firearms in interstate commerce. On the previous day, Rayshawn and Reginald Patterson are also charged with conspiring to commit and committing a Hobbs Act Robbery at Fastway Gas, located at 22352 Route 68, Clarion, PA 16214, stealing an amount of United States Currency. In the robbery of Fastway Gas, they are charged with using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Finally, from December 23, 2017 to December 29, 2017, they are charged with possession of the stolen guns from the robbery of DSD Sports.
The defendants face a total maximum sentence of not less than seven years and up to life in prison, a fine of not more than $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.
Assistant United States Attorney Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Brookville Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Cleveland Police Department, and the Cuyahoga Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.