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Case Number: 4:19-cr-00881-JAR
Judge: John A. Ross
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
Description: St. Louis, Missouri armed robbery charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Michael Saffold, who was charged with one count of Hobbs Act armed robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
On June 23, 2019, Saffold approached the register of the Family Dollar in the 8900 block of Halls Ferry Road in St. Louis, Missouri. Saffold gave the cashier money for Starburst candy. The cashier opened the cash register to complete the transaction. Saffold then displayed a black semiautomatic handgun to the cashier and demanded money. The cashier complied with Saffold’s demands and gave him all of the money in the cash register drawer. Saffold then escaped.
Family Dollar surveillance footage later revealed that moments before the robbery, Saffold took a glove from the store. Saffold then wore that glove during the robbery and left the open package of gloves in the store. Investigators took fingerprint lifts from the box of gloves. Those lifts were later matched to Saffold. Saffold was subsequently arrested and charged.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated this case.
Hobbs Act Robbery
Possession and brandishing of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence
Outcome: The defendant was committed to the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of:121 months. This term consists of a term of 37 months on count one and 84 months on count two to be served consecutively to count one. This sentence shall run concurrent with any sentence imposed in Circuit Court, St. Louis, Missouri, under Docket Nos. 1722- CR02122-01 and 1922-CR02921-01. Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be on supervised release for a term of: three (3) years. This term consists of a term of three years on each of counts one and two, all such terms to run concurrently. Restitution ordered in the amount of $398.75. Special Assessment of $200.00 due immediately.