Evansville man charged with two eastside business robberies
December 1st, 2016
An Evansville man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection to his role in two Evansville robberies.
U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler reports 24 year old Malcolm Washington was indicted on charges of robbery and using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.
The release says count one of the indictment alleges that on October 17, 2016, Washington entered the Walmart Neighborhood Market in the 34-hundred block of Taylor Avenue, brandished a firearm and stole money from the cash register and cigarettes from the counter. Authorities say he also demanded employees to go to a certain area of the store and took their debit cards and cell phones.
Count two and three of the indictment allege on the same day, October 17, 2016, Washington entered the Walgreens in the 900 block of South Green River Road and brandished a firearm demanding the clerk take him to the business safe where he took money from the safe and the cash register.
A short time after the Walgreens’ robbery, Minkler says Washington was located by Evansville Police officers in the vicinity carrying a handgun in his coat pocket and pointed the gun at the officers, but dropped it to the ground. He then reportedly picked up the gun and ran from police but was apprehended a short time later.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren M. Wheatley who is prosecuting this case for the government, Washington could face up to life imprisonment if convicted on all counts.