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Homestead Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery Spree

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Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017 12:30 pm | Updated: 12:37 pm, Fri Apr 28, 2017.

A Homestead man has pled guilty in federal court to committing a spree of commercial armed robberies between April 28 and May 3rd of last year.

Humberto Herrera, 43, of Homestead, pled guilty before District Judge Kathleen M. Williams in Miami, Florida, to four counts of robbery, and one count of possessing, using, and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Peter Forcelli, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Division, Al Rolle, Chief, Homestead Police Department, and Juan P. Perez, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), made the announcement.

Herrera faces a statutory the announcement.

Herrera faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment for each robbery and a minimum sentence of seven years’ imprisonment as to the firearm count. Herrera is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Williams on July 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

According to the superseding indictment, Herrera committed armed robberies of a Little Caesar’s restaurant, Advance Auto Parts, RaceTrac gas station, and Kohl’s Department Store, in Miami-Dade County, on April 28, April 29, May 2, and May 3, 2016, respectively. As detailed in the agreed upon factual proffer, on each of these dates, Herrera entered the business, brandished a firearm, and threatened a store employee. From Little Caesar’s, Advance Auto Parts, and RaceTrac, Herrera took cash, whereas, from Kohl’s, Herrera took approximately $33,000 worth of jewelry.

Homestead Police Department detectives were the ones who made the initial arrest and obtained the cooperation of the subject of the Kohl’s robbery, which occurred in Homestead. Two HPD detectives assigned to an ATF federal task force then pursued further leads and developed the three other cases. Of the other three cases two were committed in Miami Dade County jurisdiction and the last was committed at the Race Trac gas station also located in Homestead.

Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of ATF, Homestead Police Department and MDPD. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorneys Jonathan K. Osborne and J. Mackenzie Duane.

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