Tampa, FL – Today United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announced the results of the United States Attorney’s Office’s ongoing efforts to combat violent crime through its in partnership with the Tampa Police Department (TPD). In 2022, prosecutors worked with the TPD to indict and indict 91 people for federal crimes, including gun and drug crimes. In total, these charges took 74 guns off our streets. Charges supported by the TPD include:
- Robles Park Criminal Enterprise – The indictment of the “Robles Park” criminal enterprise involved members and associates who committed murder, assault, threats, drug trafficking, unemployment insurance fraud, identity theft, obstruction of justice, and other crimes. . Among other acts of violence, on July 19, 2020, members of Robles Park opened fire outside the Truth Lounge in Tampa, starting a shooting that killed eight people, including little children. In retaliation for the shooting of the Truth Lounge, gang members began an armed attack with members of the Robles Park organization in the parking lot of the International Plaza mall in Tampa near some of the testimony. The ensuing firefight left 25 shell casings and several damaged vehicles. As a result, four people associated with the Robles Park development have been charged with federal firearms and related violations; three of those people agree.
- United States vs. Jeffrey Davis and Tyee Spike – Davis and Spike received prison sentences of 24 years and 26 years and 3 months, respectively, following their convictions. According to court documents, Davis and Spike committed a series of robberies targeting businesses in Tampa, Fishhawk, and Riverview. They brandished weapons during each robbery. During one of the robberies, Spike shot a victim in the stomach.
- America and Antonio Phillips – Phillips received an 8-year prison sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. On December 1, 2020, in Tampa, Phillips and others committed a drive-by shooting at an occupied vehicle. Following the crash, law enforcement air support teams pursued Phillips’ vehicle, which fled the scene. Video surveillance showed flashes from the passenger side of the car Phillips was in. Several bullets were observed on another vehicle. Phillips and the others fled their car, dropped their weapons, and jumped over fences and other yards before they were caught. Law enforcement found 3 handguns, a 50-round auto magazine, and a laser trigger.
- America and Javeon Jacobs – Javeon Jacobs was sentenced to 21 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to three counts of brandishing a weapon while stealing cars. According to court records, Jacobs operated three vehicles. In one of the carjackings, Jacobs kidnapped two victims, one of whom he also beat.
- United States vs. Nathan Callaway – On January 30, 2021, officers responded to reports of shots fired and observed two men fleeing the scene. Natwan Callaway, who was standing next to the other man, pointed a gun and extended the magazine to his front right hip and grabbed it with an open shirt. Nearby, officers found two semi-automatic 9 mm pistols. Bullets from one of the guns (Glock 17 9mm) match those used in a homicide in October 2020, a battery in December 2020, and a serious assault in January 2021, all in Tampa. Callaway’s DNA was found on that gun. In May 2021, officials found several Instagram photos of Callaway holding and using several guns, many of which were loaded. Callaway pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm as a felon on December 13, 2022. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.
“The US Attorney’s Office is committed to doing our part to reduce violent crime,” said US Attorney Roger B. Handberg. “That goal cannot be achieved without the hard work and dedication of our law enforcement partners. In 2022, the Tampa Police Department (TPD) played an important role in investigating and solving violent crimes. We look forward to continuing to work with TPD and our other local and federal law enforcement partners to further our goal of making Tampa Bay a safer place for its citizens.
“Violent crime, of any kind, affects the quality of life of everyone involved, whether directly or indirectly,” said Tampa Interim Police Chief Lee Bercaw. “Every community member has the right to feel safe in their homes and neighborhoods. The Tampa Police Department will continue to work with our federal, state, and local partners in our tireless efforts to hold those who would harm or threaten the public accountable, prosecute them to the full extent of the law, and to make everyone in the community feel safe. in our city.”
These cases were investigated by the Tampa Police Department, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Marshals Service, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. They are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Risha Asokan, Samantha Beckman, David Chee, Charlie Connally, Tiffany Fields, Craig Gestring, Michael Gordon, Michael Kenneth, Maria Guzman, Daniel Marcet, Christopher Murray, Samantha Newman , Diego Novaes, James Preston. , Candace Rich, Michael Sinacore, Ilyssa Spergel, David Sullivan, Callan Albritton, and Jay Trezevant.
Many of these cases are part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings together all law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and keep our neighborhoods safe. for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Ministry launched a strategy to reduce violent crime to strengthen the PSN based on these key principles: strengthening trust and the rule of law in our communities, supporting grassroots organizations to help prevent violence from beginning, setting targets and strategies. strengthening priorities, and measuring results.