Crime

South Florida serial robber sentenced to federal prison

Damon Woodard
Damon Woodard

A 27-year-old Miami man who terrorized businesses across Miami-Dade and Broward counties for months was sentenced Friday to 32 years in federal prison.

Damon Woodard confessed he took part in a string of nearly two dozen armed robberies, including gas station convenience stores and check-cashing stores, dating back to August 2017, according to court documents.

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Prosecutors charged him with four counts of violent interference of interstate commerce by threat and four counts of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime. Woodard pleaded guilty to two counts of the latter charge and was sentenced to 384 months, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

According to the guilty plea Woodard signed, video surveillance captured him walking into Murphy Gas Station at 17680 NW 2nd Ave. in Miami Gardens on Dec. 9, 2017. He pointed a gun at an employee and asked for money.

“Gimmie the money, I am not playing with you!” he said, according to the court document. He then fled with $300.

On Dec. 13, 2017, Woodard robbed BP Gas Station at 709 South Federal Highway in Dania Beach with a gun and also got $300.

The Hialeah Police Department arrested Woodard in February, after law enforcement agencies across the two counties had been looking for him for over a month. The feds had also gotten involved — the Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, Firearms and Explosives offered up to $10,000 for information leading to his arrest.

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