Police: Cahokia gas station robber punched female clerk in the head

News-DemocratJanuary 23, 2014 

A St. Louis man pleaded guilty in federal district court in East St. Louis to robbing a gas station and convenient mart in Cahokia.

Carvin G. Brooks, 33, faced an indictment charging him with one count of robbery under the Hobbs Act. The Hobbs Act makes it a crime to obstruct, delay or affect interstate commerce through criminal activity.

On Oct. 9, Brooks entered the BP Gas Station and Convenient Mart in Cahokia and demanded money from the cashier. He physically assaulted a female clerk, punching her several times on the head with his closed fist, before finally taking approximately $300 from the register. The clerk received medical treatment for the injuries she sustained.

A tip from Crimestoppers led to Brooks' arrest. He will be sentenced on April 24. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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