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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Jacqueline C. Romero, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Philadelphia Man Sentenced to More Than 13 Years in Prison for Robbing a Pizza Parlor in Mayfair and Shooting Two Employees

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Kaleb Bridges, 20, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Gerald A. McHugh to 166 months’ imprisonment and five years of supervised release for robbing a local restaurant and shooting and wounding two employees.

On December 6, 2023, Bridges pleaded guilty to charges of Hobbs Act robbery and carrying, using, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

The charges stem from Bridges’ actions on the night of March 8, 2023, when he entered the Mayfair Pizza restaurant at 7424 Frankford Avenue just before closing time. He produced a gun and demanded that an employee empty the cash register and place the money into a bag. After she had done so, Bridges pulled away before the employee could release the bag. Bridges then shot the employee (Victim #1) in the shoulder. She ducked down below the counter and Bridges fired another round, which struck a refrigerator.

The employee’s father, who owns the business, witnessed what happened. As Bridges made his way to the door with the bag of stolen money, the employee’s father then struggled with Bridges in an effort to keep him from fleeing. During the struggle, Bridges’ gun fell to the floor. Bridges retrieved and fired it, this time striking the employee’s mother (Victim #2), the co-owner of the pizza parlor. At that point, the employees were able to gain control of the defendant and hold him until the police arrived and took him into custody. Police officers rushed the shooting victims to the hospital, where Victim #1 was treated and released within a few hours. Victim #2 spent several weeks in the hospital recovering from her injuries.

“Kaleb Bridges’ decision to rob this family business at gunpoint and shoot two members of that family was life-changing for the victims,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “While this crime occurred in a matter of minutes, it will long stay with the two women he shot and the witnesses who struggled to restrain him. It’s also changed the course of Bridges’ life, which, for the next decade-plus, will be lived locked away in prison.”

“Armed robberies threaten Philadelphia’s business and communities, and ATF Philadelphia Field Division is committed to working with the Philadelphia Police Department and our other partners to investigate, prosecute and prevent such crimes,” said Eric J. DeGree, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Philadelphia Field Division. “We regularly work together, sharing the ATF’s unique forensic and investigative tools, to ensure justice for the victims and to make our communities safer through federal prosecution.”

“The brazen violence displayed by Kaleb Bridges is a threat to the safety of every person in our city,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Kevin J. Bethel. “This case is a chilling example of how a robbery can escalate into a shooting, leaving innocent people injured and a community shaken. I applaud the collaborative efforts by the ATF, our detectives, and the U.S. Attorney's Office in holding this defendant accountable for his actions. This sentence sends a clear message that we will not tolerate this kind of violence in our neighborhoods, and that we will work tirelessly to bring those who commit such crimes to justice.”

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Philadelphia Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Eckert.


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