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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

October 1, 2010

A. Brian Albritton, United States Attorney

Contact: Amy Filjones
(813) 274-6171
(813) 274-6300 (fax)

Tampa Man Convicted of Armed Robbery and Carjacking

Tampa, Florida — U.S. Attorney A. Brian Albritton announces that a federal jury today found Frederick Wardell Mitchell (age 29, of Tampa) guilty of armed robbery and armed carjacking. Mitchell faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 35 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 12, 2011.

According to trial testimony, on August 18, 2007 Mitchell and two others robbed the Waffle House at North Westshore Boulevard and I-275 in Tampa and carjacked a patron at the restaurant, then fled in the carjacked vehicle. Tampa Police Officers gave chase. Mitchell eventually jumped from the fleeing vehicle and raised his gun at the pursing police officers, who shot at him. Mitchell managed to escape. Dropped off at Celebration Hospital less than four hours later with a gunshot wound, Mitchell claimed he had been the victim of a robbery in Orlando.

This case was investigated by Tampa Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Colleen Murphy Davis.