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October 31, 2014

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Man found guilty in armed robbery of convenience stores

A man who robbed 13 convenience stores and a small casino in Las Vegas last year was convicted on all counts today by a federal jury.

Abdul Howard, 48, faced 17 charges of robbery and firearm possession, according to Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. attorney for the district of Nevada.

He faces life in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced in November.

Howard was accused of using a semi-automatic handgun to rob businesses late at night during a three-month period in early 2013. In one robbery, prosecutors said Howard shot at employees, hitting one in the neck.

He was known to investigators as the “Cinched Hoodie Robber” because of his practice of wearing sweatshirts with the hood closed up around his face to avoid being identified.

According to Bogden, Howard had been convicted of five prior felonies for robbery, sexual coercion and drug distribution in Nevada, New York and Florida.

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