Philadelphia Man Arrested for Violent Road Rage Incident Earlier this Month now Facing Federal Charges for Armed Robbery of Kensington Pharmacy | USAO-EDPA
PHILADELPHIA – Acting United States attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Gregory Stevens, 27, of Philadelphia, PA, was arrested today and charged with robbery under the Hobbs Act and use of a gun in a violent crime.
The indictment alleges that the defendant committed an armed robbery of Universal Pharmacy on Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia on February 22, 2021, and stole oxycodone and other drugs. According to court records, when Stevens requested the oxycodone, the pharmacist Stevens said it was in the back room of the pharmacy and led him there to get it. A fight ensued when the pharmacist tried to resist Stevens and the defendant shot the pharmacist in the chest with the 9mm semi-automatic pistol he carried. Stevens allegedly committed the crime using a GPS-enabled ankle monitor from the Pennsylvania Parole Board.
The defendant is also on charges in a state court of heroin distribution in December 2020 and grievous bodily harm resulting from an incident on March 9, 2021 near the intersection of Broad Street and Washington Avenue in Philadelphia, on which he was another violently attacked motorists after a traffic accident that went so far that he threw cinder blocks through the other driver’s car windows at the driver and the young passenger.
“As the indictment alleges, Gregory Stevens poses a grave threat to the community and is now facing federal indictment and a long prison term if convicted,” said acting US attorney Williams. “If you commit a serious act of violence in the city of Philadelphia, we and our law enforcement partners will do everything we can to fully arrest and prosecute you.”
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for all. The Department of Justice revitalized PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on fighting violent criminals, instructing all U.S. law firms to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies and the local community to develop effective local policies . Strategies to Reduce Violent Crime.
If convicted, the defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum possible life imprisonment.
The case has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department and is being prosecuted by United States Assistant Attorney Justin Oshana.
An indictment, information or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.