September 15, 2016
An alleged serial armed robber has been charged in connection with five thefts in the greater-Philadelphia area, according to federal prosecutors.
Lamar Sowell, 26, of Philadelphia, was indicted on five counts of robbery and four counts of using and carrying a firearm during the crimes, United States Attorney Zane David Memeger announced Thursday.
Sowell is accused of robbing from convenience stores and a gas station in Philadelphia and Montgomery County:
• Oct. 20, 2014: 7-Eleven, located at 9001 Frankford Avenue in the Holmesburg section of Philly.
• Nov. 26, 2015: 7-Eleven, located at 250 South Easton Road in Glenside, Montgomery County
• Dec. 2, 2015: Sunoco, located at 300 South Easton Road in Glenside, Montgomery County
• Dec. 9, 2015: 7-Eleven, located at 2869 Limekiln Pike in Abington, Montgomery County
• April 5, 2016: 7-Eleven, located at 2869 Limekiln Pike in Abington, Montgomery County
During the first four incidents, Sowell displayed a handgun but did not fire the weapon.
However, authorities said that Sowell shot a popular store clerk in the leg during the final robbery. The victim sustained a shattered femur.
The Abington Police Department apprehended Sowell a week after the final robbery.
If convicted on all charges, Sowell faces a maximum sentence of 82 years in prison, five years of supervised release, a $2.25 million fine and a $900 special assessment fee.