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Tasheik Champean Indictment

Tasheik Champean Indictment

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IN
THEUNITEDSTATESDISTRICT
COURT
FOEASTERN
DISTRICT
OFVIRGINIA
AlexandriaDivision
UNITEDSTATES
OF
AMERICA
v,
TASHEIKASHANTI
CHAMPEAN,
a/k/a:
Ashanti
Champean
Douglas
A.
Howell
Defendant
-ML
riminal
No.
l:12-cr
Ct.
1:
18
U.S.C.
§
1951
(Hobbs
Act
Conspiracy)
Ct.2:18
U.S.C.§§
2&
924(c)&
(j)
(Using
Firearm
in
Crime
of
ViolenceCausing
Death)
Ct.3:18
U.S.C.
§§2&922(g)
(Possession
of
Ammunition
byProhibited
Person)
INDICTMENT
May
2012
Term
-At
Alexandria
THE
GRAND
JURYCHARGES
THAT:
Count
1
(Hobbs
Act
Conspiracy)
Onor
aboutMay
17,2010,in
Fairfax
County,
Virginia,intheEasternDistrictofVirginiaand
elsewhere,
TASHEIK
ASHANTI
CHAMPEAN,
a/k/a:
AshantiChampeanandDouglas
A.
Howell
("CHAMPEAN"),
the
defendant
herein,
knowingly
andunlawfully
combined,
conspired,
confederatedandagreedtogetherwithReynardLazaroPrather
("Prather")
andJohn
Doe
#1
and
withothers
both
known
andunknown
tothis
grandjury
to
knowingly
and
unlawfully
obstruct,
delayand
affect
Case 1:12-cr-00191-AJT Document 6 Filed 05/24/12 Page 1 of 8 PageID# 13
 
commercebyrobberyinviolationofTitle
18,
United
States
Code,
Section
1951.
PURPOSE.
MANNERANDMEANS
OF
THECONSPIRACY
Thepurposeoftheconspiracywastoobtainmoney
constitutingtheproceedsofcheck
cashing
facilities
located
in
the
EasternDistrict
of
Virginiaby
armed
robberyoftheirowner,"D.B.",whotheco-conspirators
believed
kept
thoseproceeds
in
his
home.
Themannerand
meansby
which
this
purposewas
carried
outincluded
thefollowing:
1.
Itwas
part
ofthe
conspiracythat
CHAMPEAN
and
JohnDoe
#1
planned
the
robberywithinformation
provided
by
JohnDoe
#1.
2.It
wasfurther
part
ofthe
conspiracy
thatthe
co-conspiratorswouldanddid
usefirearms
in
furtheranceoftheirplan
to
rob
"D.B.".
3.It
wasfurtherpart
of
the
conspiracy
that
the
co-conspiratorswouldanddidusecellulartelephones
to
coordinatetheirexecution
of
the
robbery
plan.
4.It
was
furtherpart
of
the
conspiracythat
the
co-conspirators
wouldand
did
possess
a
taser
and
flexcuffs
tobe
used
in
the
planningandexecution
of
therobbery.
Case 1:12-cr-00191-AJT Document 6 Filed 05/24/12 Page 2 of 8 PageID# 14
 
OVERTACTS
In
furtheranceofthe
aforementionedconspiracy
andtoeffecttheobjectsthereof,thedefendants
performedthefollowingovertactsintheEastern
District
of
Virginiaand
elsewhere:1.Onor
aboutMay
17,2010,
CHAMPEAN
and
Prather
met
inPrinceGeorge'sCounty,Maryland,
and
drove
toa
shoppingcenter
in
Virginia,
duringwhich
drive,
CHAMPEAN
enlisted
Prather
in
the
plan
torob
"D.B.".
2.
Onor
about
thatsame
date,
JohnDoe
#1
drove
CHAMPEAN
and
Prather
to
the
vicinityof"D.B.'s"
residence,
located
onCompton
Road,
Centreville,
Virginia,
and
dropped
them
off.
3.
On
oraboutthat
same
date,
somewherebetween
PrinceGeorge's
County,Maryland,
and
Centreville,
Virginia,
CHAMPEAN
gavePrather
a
duffel
bag
containing
a
loadedsemiautomatic
pistol.
4.
Onoraboutthatsame
date,
CHAMPEAN
and
Prather
entered
"D.B.'s"residence
through
an
opengaragedoor
to
await
his
return
to
theresidence.
5.
On
orabout
that
samedate,
whilewaiting
in
the
garage,
CHAMPEAN
told
Prather
that
he,
Prather,
Case 1:12-cr-00191-AJT Document 6 Filed 05/24/12 Page 3 of 8 PageID# 15

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