Man pleads guilty to six armed robberies, mostly 7-Eleven stores, during two-week crime spree

A South Los Angeles man on Friday pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges and admitted to carrying out six armed robberies against businesses, including several 7-Eleven stores, during a two-week rampage late last year.

Colin Powell Lacey, 28, of the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, federal prosecutors said.

According to his plea agreement, from November 13, 2021 to November 29, 2021, Lacey was involved in the armed robbery of six businesses — five of which were 7-Eleven convenience stores — authorities said.

In one instance, Lacey and his co-conspirator, Kyle Richard Williams, 25, of Inglewood, went together to a downtown Los Angeles smoking store on Nov. 29, 2021, authorities said. Williams entered the store, pointed a gun at the cashier and stole $442 while Lacey waited outside the store.

That same night, Lacey and Williams robbed 7-Eleven stores in Hollywood and Mid-City and made off with $600 and $100, respectively, authorities said. Lacey and Williams escaped in Lacey’s Hyundai.

In all, Lacey admitted taking part in the armed robbery at six stores, including two other 7-Elevens in Hollywood and one 7-Eleven in West Hollywood, authorities said. Lacey and Williams made a total of $2,859 in the robberies.

Lacey and Williams have been in federal custody since March 2022. The FBI, in cooperation with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery and Homicide Division and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau Metro Detail, built the case against the couple.

US District Judge Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong has scheduled a hearing to hear Lacey’s verdict on November 4. At that point, he faces a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

Williams pleaded guilty to multiple counts of robbery and attempted robbery on July 29. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 9, at which time he faces a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years in federal prison for any Hobbs Act robbery.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-26/man-pleads-guilty-to-six-armed-robberies-mostly-7-eleven-stores-during-two-week-crime-spree Man pleads guilty to six armed robberies, mostly 7-Eleven stores, during two-week crime spree

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