FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NEWS RELEASE) - Quran Waterford, 34, of Bloomington, Indiana and Gary McCaleb, 29, of Harvey, Illinois were charged with Hobbs Act Robbery, and possessing and using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch, II.
The complaint alleges that on December 13, 2018, Waterford, McCaleb and a third unidentified man entered a cellular phone store in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and displayed a firearm. The three men confined two store employees and two customers and stole numerous cell phones and other merchandise, worth over $58,000. Waterford and McCaleb were apprehended by the Fort Wayne Police Department after a brief vehicle pursuit.
U.S. Attorney Kirsch said, "Bold robberies such as this commands swift response from law enforcement. I want to commend the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Fort Wayne Police Department for their work in investigating this case. Aggressive prosecution of violent crimes is one of the District's top priorities."
The United States Attorney's Office emphasizes that a criminal complaint is merely an allegation and that all persons are presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty in court.
If convicted, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Fort Wayne Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacey R. Speith.