HAMMOND – Akeem Jackson, 29 years old, of Chicago, Illinois, was charged in U.S. District Court in a Criminal Complaint with one count of Hobbs Act Robbery, announced United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.
According to documents in the case, Akeem Jackson was charged in the robbery of a Brinks armored truck driver at gunpoint in Hammond, Indiana on April 28, 2018. Jackson and others stole approximately $600,000 cash. Jackson was previously employed by Brinks as an armored car driver but was fired in 2016. Jackson gave a statement to law enforcement admitting his role in the robbery.
U.S. Attorney Kirsch said, “Prosecuting violent crime is a top priority for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. If convicted, Mr. Jackson will face severe consequences. Shortly, I will hire additional Assistant U.S. Attorneys to focus on and increase violent crime prosecutions such as this one. I commend the FBI and Hammond Police Department for their work investigating this brazen robbery.”
The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that a Complaint is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty in court.
If convicted in court, 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 was investigated by the FBI GRIT Task Force and the Hammond Police Department and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jennifer Chang and Thomas McGrath.