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Two men arrested in connection to a string of local gas station robberies in Evansville and Elberfeld are now facing federal charges, United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced on Wednesday.
Davontai Jones-Robinson, 23, of Evansville, Indiana, and Trinity Taylor, 26, of Prattville, Alabama, are in federal custody and charged with three counts each of Obstruction of Commerce by Robbery, and three counts each of Use of a Firearm During and Relation to a Crime of Violence.
The first robbery occurred on Aug. 13 around 8:00 p.m. at Kwik Stop on Pollack Ave. in Evansville. A nearby neighbor reported seeing a man with a long-gun run in and out of the store. The store clerk said a black male entered the store with a gun and ordered him to open the register. The gunman took an undetermined amount of cash and cigarettes, then exited the store.
On the following day, Aug. 14 around 2:30 a.m., another robbery occurred at the Circle K on E. Riverside Drive in Evansville. As in the earlier robbery, a black male entered the business brandishing a gun and wearing the same clothing description as before. He ordered the clerk to open the register and he took an undetermined amount of cash and cigarettes. A dark-colored passenger car is also observed in the area before and during the robbery.
The final robbery occurred in Elberfeld, at Chuckles on W. Main St. where once again, a gunman entered the store and stole an undetermined amount of cash, leaving in a dark-colored passenger car.
Investigators determined the same person committed the three robberies and that the dark car served as a getaway vehicle. The license plate on the vehicle identified it as a rental being rented by Taylor. Taylor was located driving the vehicle on the afternoon of Aug. 14 and taken into custody by Evansville Police.
Further investigation revealed that Jones-Robinson was the armed gunman who went inside and robbed the businesses.
A search warrant was executed at the apartment where Taylor and Jones-Robinson were staying. Several items related to all three robberies were discovered at the apartment and secured as evidence.
Both defendants face up to life in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release after being released from federal prison.
This case was investigated by the FBI Indiana Violent Crime Task Force, Evansville Police Department, Warrick County Sheriff’s Department, and the Indiana State Police.
Criminal charges are merely allegations and are not evidence of guilt. Both defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty in federal court.