Federal agents charged three men in connection with the armed robbery of the International Diamond Center on Dale Mabry Boulevard in Tampa, Florida on November 22, 2013. The complaint charges Anthony Wahba, Clyde Bernard Johnson and Bryan Beaudoin with Conspiracy to Interfere with Interstate Commerce by Robbery and Discharging a Firearm and in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence, in violation of Title 18 USC 1951(a) and 924(c) respectively. According to the criminal complaint, Johnson brandished and discharged a semiautomatic pistol in the store while Wahba used a hammer to smash glass cases and steal jewelry. Law enforcement officials tracked down and arrested both Wahba and Johnson, who identified Beaudoin as the “mastermind” of the robbery, stating Beaudoin had provided the firearm to Johnson and guided the planning of the crime. Florida Department of Corrections records indicate that Wahba was on probation for a prior conviction relating to Attempted Child Neglect. Upon conviction, each of the defendants face a possible combined sentence of 25 years in prison.
December 7, 2013