PHILADELPHIA , PA – Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Gregory Stevens, 27, of Philadelphia, PA, was arrested today and charged by Indictment with Hobbs Act robbery and using a firearm during a crime of violence.
The Indictment alleges that on February 22, 2021, the defendant committed armed robbery of Universal Pharmacy on Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia, stealing oxycodone and other drugs. According to court documents, when Stevens demanded the oxycodone, the pharmacist told Stevens it was in the back room of the pharmacy and led him there to get it. A struggle ensued when the pharmacist attempted to resist Stevens, and the defendant shot the pharmacist in the chest with the 9mm semi-automatic pistol he was carrying. Stevens allegedly committed this crime wearing a Pennsylvania Parole Board GPS-enabled ankle monitor.
The defendant also has pending charges in state court for distribution of heroin in December 2020, and for aggravated assault stemming from a March 9, 2021 road-rage incident near the intersection of Broad Street and Washington Avenue in Philadelphia, during which he violently attacked another motorist after a traffic accident, going so far as to throw cinder blocks through the other motorist’s car windows at the driver and teenage passenger.
“As alleged in the Indictment, Gregory Stevens is a grave danger to the community and is now facing federal charges and a lengthy prison sentence if convicted,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Williams. “If you commit a serious violent offense in the City of Philadelphia, we and our law enforcement partners will do all we can collectively to arrest and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
If convicted, the defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment.
The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Justin Oshana.