Peninsula men admit guilt in area robberies

Four Hampton men pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to a series of charges after they robbed stores and pharmacies across Virginia, including in Williamsburg and Hampton, and North Carolina.

Dikembwe Akil Jones, 24; Dallas Cogdell, III, 24; Tyquan Demario Maccutcheon, 25; and Armand Devon Mullen, 26 were each convicted of one count of robbery and the use of a firearm in a crime of violence in the Eastern District of Virginia of the U.S. District Court. 

The charges stem from a May 12 robbery of a Walgreens in Henrico County. The four men were charged on Sept. 6 with robbery and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. Jones was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, according to documents from the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia.

The group was caught after attempting to rob a Walgreens on May 16 on Fayetteville Road in Durham, N.C. They stole money and medications worth $4,814.42, court documents say.

During the robbery, an employee escaped the store's main office and called police, who performed a traffic stop and discovered firearms, money, prescription drugs and a Walgreens bag inside the car all four were in, according to court documents.

The group's string of crimes, which were committed by two to four of the men, began in Hampton on April 26, according to court documents.

Cogdell and Jones admitted in their agreements that they robbed the Stop-N-Go at 1742 N. Mallory St., stealing money and other items. Codgell, Jones and Maccutcheon also robbed the Walgreens at 1309 Richmond Road in Williamsburg on May 6. 

In interviews after they were arrested, the men admitted to the FBI their participation in the Durham robbery, as well as those in Hampton, Williamsburg, Chesterfield, Mechanicsville, Woodbridge, Henrico and Apex, N.C.

Cogdell also admitted participation in 14 other robberies beginning late last year of 7-Eleven stores and other convenience stores across Hampton. Mullen admitted participation in three other Hampton robberies in March and May, according to court documents. 

According to their plea agreements, the four will face a maximum of 27 years in prison and fines of $500,000 when they are sentenced on Feb. 22 in Richmond. 

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