For Immediate Release 2/28/2017
Downtown Baltimore— Kemo Owens was sentenced to 25 years without parole as a three-time violent offender for robbing a downtown 7-Eleven store in June of 2016. The underlying conviction was his third robbery conviction in Maryland since 2005.
Assistant State’s Attorney Matt Pillion prosecuted the case.
Owens was previously convicted of 14 counts of robbery in Delaware, assault in a detention facility in New Jersey, and was recently charged with attempted 1st degree murder for a prison stabbing while in detention for this case.
“It is clear from Mr. Owens’ past that he is a violent man, and this sentence removes yet another violent repeat offender from our streets for years to come,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
On June 13, 2016, Owens ran into the 7-Eleven located at 10 N. Calvert Street, directly across the street from the two Baltimore City circuit courthouses, at approximately 10:00 p.m. wearing a mask, a brown shirt, dark pants, latex gloves and a distinct pair of black and white basketball shoes. He jumped over the counter and pressed an unknown object into the cashier’s back. The cashier opened the cash drawer, and Owens snatched the drawer containing approximately $400 and fled from the scene.
As Owens was robbing the store, several patrons fled from inside the store out onto Calvert Street. The commotion caught the attention of Citi Watch camera operator, Detective Kerry Councill of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), who witnessed Owens exiting the store with the cash drawer in hand. Councill tracked Owens’ movements through the Citi Watch camera network as Owens headed toward the 200 block of Davis Street, where he changed into a white t-shirt and black shorts out of view of the Citi Watch cameras.
Once Owens came back into view of the Citi Watch cameras, Councill observed Owens in a new outfit, but still wearing the same shoes and carrying the cash drawer. Within three minutes of fleeing the store, Owens was arrested by responding officers who had been coordinating with Councill. Upon his arrest, Owens had $341 in bills in his pocket. Owens’ gloves and clothes along with the stolen cash drawer and approximately $51 were recovered by BPD officers while canvassing the 200 and 300 blocks of Davis Street.
According to ASA Pillion, Owens contended that he was not the man captured on the 7-Eleven footage and the Citi Watch cameras. However, Pillion argued at trial that Owens was wearing a distinct pair of black and white basketball shoes when he was apprehended—the same pair of shoes the masked man was wearing inside the 7-Eleven. The jury found Pillion’s shoe argument and the Citi Watch operator’s testimony compelling beyond a reasonable doubt and convicted Owens on the robbery charges last month.