For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 19, 2017
, United States Attorney
W. Stephen Muldrow
Contact: William Daniels
Family Dollar Store Robber Pleads Guilty
Field Division: Tampa Field Division
Tampa, Florida – Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces that Karlos Alexander Wilson, Jr. (24, Pinellas Park) today pleaded guilty to two counts of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 32 years, up to life, in federal prison.
According to the plea agreement, on January 14, 2017, Wilson and a co-conspirator (CC-1) committed an armed robbery at a Family Dollar Store in Tampa, stealing approximately $3,300 from the store. On June 3, 2017, Wilson and CC-1 committed another armed robbery at a Family Dollar Store in Hillsborough County, stealing approximately $685 from the store. Forensic analysis of DNA from the crime scene led to his arrest.
This case was investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Tampa Police Department, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher F. Murray.
This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN) — a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety-one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.