For Immediate Release
Los Angeles Man Pleads Guilty to Robbery Charge and Admits to Crime Spree in Which He Robbed 8 Businesses and Carjacked One Victim
LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles man pleaded guilty today to a federal criminal charge and admitted in court to committing a carjacking and eight armed robberies of gas stations and convenience stores in Los Angeles County in April.
Namir Malik Ali Greene, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of Hobbs Act robbery.
According to his plea agreement, on the morning of April 4, Greene robbed a gas station in Marina del Rey. Greene made a purchase and remained inside of the store until all other customers left the business. After all the customers inside of the business left, Greene placed a brown paper bag on the counter and told the clerk, “Put everything in there.”
Greene pointed what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun, but what in fact was a BB gun, at the clerk while demanding the money. In fear, the clerk emptied the cash register and placed $700 into the brown paper bag. Greene then fled the store.
In his plea agreement, Greene admitted to committing seven additional armed robberies from April 4 to April 8 of gas stations and convenience stores in Long Beach, Whittier, South Los Angeles, Pomona and Culver City.
Greene further admitted to the April 15 carjacking the owner of a 2010 Honda Accord while armed with a BB gun. He has been in federal custody since April 18.
U.S. District Judge Sherilyn Peace Garnett scheduled a Nov. 29 sentencing hearing, at which time Greene will face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Orange County Violent Crime Task Force (OCVCTF) investigated this matter, with assistance from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division and the Ontario Police Department. The OCVCTF is comprised of federal and local law enforcement agencies, including, but not limited to, the ATF, the Brea Police Department, the Santa Ana Police Department, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Fullerton Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey M. Chemerinsky and Jena A. MacCabe of the Violent and Organized Crime Section are prosecuting this case.