(STL.News) – Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ari C. Shapira, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office, Gregory Tony, Sheriff, Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), and Anthony W. Rosa, Chief, Sunrise Police Department, made the announcement.
Dwight Courtney Grinion, 25, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, has been charged by indictment with six counts of Hobbs Act robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(a); one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(iii); and five counts of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(ii) (Case No. 19-CR-60115-WPD). If convicted of the charged offenses, the defendant faces: 20 years in prison for each Hobbs Act robbery; life in prison for discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, with a mandatory consecutive term of 10 years in prison; and life in prison for brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, with a mandatory consecutive term of 7 years in prison.
According to the court record, including allegations contained in the criminal complaint and indictment, Grinion robbed six commercial establishments at gunpoint between March 22, 2019 and April 24, 2019. During the first robbery, on March 22, 2019, at a Subway in Ft. Lauderdale, Grinion discharged a revolver. The last robbery, on April 24, 2019, occurred at Designers Jewelry Collection, a jewelry store at the Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise, Florida, and involved the brandishing of a revolver, the same kind of gun used in the other five robberies. During the last robbery, Grinion is alleged to have pointed a firearm at an employee of the jewelry store and stolen a gold bracelet worth approximately $2,500.
All of the victim companies purchase products in interstate commerce and sell products to customers throughout the United States and abroad.
An indictment and criminal complaint merely contain charging accusations. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of ATF, the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Sunrise Police Department in this matter. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Juman.
Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.