Two men who earned the moniker the “Cowboy Gun Bandits” for brandishing a large-caliber revolver during a series of robberies have been arrested and pleaded not guilty on June 20 in U.S. District Court.
Dominic Dorsey, 46, of Hollywood, and Reginald Bailey, 69, of the Jefferson Park District of Los Angeles, were named in a federal grand jury indictment returned on June 3. The two men were taken into custody last Thursday by special agents with the FBI and officers with the Los Angeles Police Department.
The indictment alleges a conspiracy to interfere with commerce in violation of the Hobbs Act. The indictment also charges them with five specific Hobbs Act robberies and five counts of using a firearm during the robberies.
The conspiracy count in the indictment alleges that Dorsey and Bailey participated in eight robberies, specifically a Sept. 30, 2013, robbery at a Papa John’s pizza restaurant in Canyon Country; an Oct. 6, 2013, robbery at an ARCO gas station in Newhall; an Oct. 18, 2013, robbery at a Chevron gas station in Woodland Hills; an Oct. 25, 2013, robbery at an ARCO gas station in Encino; an Oct. 26, 2013, robbery at a Mobil gas station in Thousand Oaks; an Oct. 27, 2013, robbery at a USA Gas station in Earlimart (in California’s Central Valley); an Oct. 28, 2013, robbery at a Valero gas station in Atwater Village; and a Nov. 5, 2013, robbery of a Citibank branch in Glendale that netted more than $55,000.
Many of the robberies were captured by video surveillance, which allowed investigators to determine that one of the robbers was missing part of his ring finger on his left hand. The video surveillance evidence helped lead authorities to Bailey, whose left hand is missing a portion of his ring finger.
Each of the Hobbs Act violations — a total of six — carries a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. The gun violations carry potential life sentences, but also would bring mandatory minimum sentences of seven years for the first count and 25 years for each of the four additional counts.
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