MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A local man is facing a 10-count federal indictment for a series of armed robberies over the summer.
U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced Monday 23-year-old Brandon Albonetti is facing six counts of Hobbs Act robbery and four counts of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to violent crime.
Albonetti is accused of committing robberies and attempted robberies at several CVS stores and one Burger King in Memphis between June 21 and Aug. 14. During most of the robberies, investigators say Albonetti entered the stores armed with a pistol, taking cash and other items from the registers and safes.
Twice, Albonetti is accused of pulling a knife as he demanded cash. He’s accused of robbing CVS on North Germantown Parkway twice and CVS on Stage Road three times. It was during that third robbery on Stage Road that police caught up to Albonetti.
Dunavant says Albonetti crashed his vehicle into two patrol cars as he tried to get away.
“For his repeated and brazen criminal conduct, this violent offender faces up to life in prison," said Dunavant. "We are fed up with gun crime in Memphis.”
If found guilty, Albonetti faces up to 20 years in prison on each robbery count and up to life imprisonment on the firearms charges.