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Hyattsville man pleads guilty to robberies

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Published on: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

By Jim Davis

A 55-year-old Hyattsville man is facing up to 55 years in prison after pleading guilty to several armed robberies that took place in 2011.

Henry Sanders pleaded guilty to the robbery and second-degree assault of Tazwell Banks, the robbery with a dangerous weapon of Fasil Gebremedhin, and the robbery with a dangerous weapon of Aushia Dixon, said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.

On Nov. 18, 2011, Sanders approached Banks and asked for a ride to a nearby hospital so he could visit his sick mother. Banks agreed to drive Sanders to the hospital so he could visit his sick mother.

While en route to the hospital, Sanders began punching Banks in the face and head. Sanders then demanded that Banks give him possession of his 2001 Silver Toyota Solara. Sanders took Bank’s wallet including a Visa credit card that he later used at a Shell gas station in Beltsville. Banks was able to identify Sanders as the person who robbed him.

On Nov. 20, 2011, Sanders approached Gebremedhin at a Home Depot in Hyattsville and asked him for a ride to a nearby Metro station. When Gebremedhin began driving, Sanders produced a knife and he ordered him to keep his hands on the steering wheel. Sanders took Gebremedhin’s wallet and forced him to drive to a Bank of America and withdraw money. Gebremedhim was able to flee from Sanders as they stood at the ATM, and he later identified Sanders as the man who robbed him.

On Nov. 25, 2011, Dixon was walking to her car when she was approached by Sanders, who displayed a box cutter style knife and demanded her purse. Dixon gave Sanders her black purse and he fled on foot from her location. Dixon was also later able to identify Sanders as the man who robbed her.

“Mr. Sanders robbed several elderly citizens at knife point, and I am pleased that he is being held accountable for his crimes,” Alsobrooks said. “Protecting our most vulnerable populations is paramount to me, and our citizens can rest assured that Mr. Sanders will not be terrorizing our community any longer.”

Sanders is scheduled to be sentenced on May 17.

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