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New Orleans man pleads guilty to armed robbery spree

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Jarrell Fox, age 21, of Harahan, pled guilty on April 26, 2021 to two counts of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, Hobbs Act Robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(ii).

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the New Orleans Police Department conducted an investigation concerning armed robberies that occurred at various businesses located in New Orleans, Louisiana, during September and October 2019. On September 25, 2019, Fox robbed the Family Dollar located at 11901 North I-10 Service Road, while brandishing a firearm. On October 10, 2019, Fox robbed a Subway restaurant located at 3502 South Carrollton Avenue, while brandishing a firearm.

NOPD detectives identified Fox from surveillance camera footage recovered from the stores. A search of Fox’s cellular telephone records revealed that Fox communicated with his girlfriend about the need to commit robberies due to financial problems. Fox’s telephone records also placed him in the vicinity of the September 25th Family Dollar robbery. Additionally, law enforcement located the firearm brandished during the commission of the robbery and the clothing worn during the robbery while executing a search warrant at Fox’s residence.

The Honorable Jay C. Zainey, United States District Court Judge of the Eastern District of Louisiana, will sentence Fox on July 27, 2021. Fox faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 84 months for each count of the Indictment. The sentences will run consecutive. The maximum sentence that can be imposed for each count is life imprisonment. Fox also faces a fine up to $250,000. for each count, a period of supervised release up to 5 years, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.