For offenses that occurred in the Eastern District of Texas, a man from Beaumont was given a 20 year prison sentence in the federal system.
Derrick Rashard Gloude aka ‘purple pistol bandit’, 24, was sentenced to a total of 240 months in federal prison last week by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone. On September 23, 2021, Derrick Rashard Gloude pleaded guilty to Hobbs Act robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. The sentence was handed down by Judge Crone.
According to the materials filed in the case, Gloude committed six robberies and one attempted robbery in the Beaumont area between November 9 and November 16, 2020.
At the time of the robberies, all of the businesses targeted were engaged in interstate trade and employed clerks who were actively participating in the operations of the businesses when they were robbed. The Hobbs Act makes it illegal to commit or attempt a robbery that has an impact on interstate trade. Gloude displayed a purple pistol during each of the hold-ups and threatened the store workers with the weapon while demanding money from them.
Purple Pistol Bandit Caught by CrimeStoppers
Investigators were able to identify Gloude as a suspect after obtaining information from CrimeStoppers, which led to his arrest. Reviewing the public portion of Gloude’s Facebook page revealed images of him wearing apparel that was consistent with the attire that was reported by the employees working in each business. In addition, images of Gloude wielding a purple revolver and flashing fans of cash were seen on his Facebook page. Following Gloude’s arrest, the pistol was recovered, and it was found that it had been reported stolen in the Beaumont area.
“If you carry or use a gun and commit a felony crime, we will seek the highest punishment we can on you,” said U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston. “Violent crime, especially those crimes where a firearm is used, is at the top of our priority list. We, and our state, local and federal law enforcement partners will work tirelessly together to protect our community by arresting and prosecuting violent offenders.”
According to Jimmy Singletary, the Chief of Police for the city of Beaumont, “This is just another fantastic example of how we can be more effective in law enforcement when we work together.” “Our relationships with our federal partners are so valuable in larger investigations like this to put our criminals away for an extended length of time. We certainly cherish these relationships.”
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“Removing the criminal element that illegally uses firearms to commit violent crime is a top priority of the ATF,” Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski said. “The ATF will continue to work with our law enforcement partners and the communities we serve to remove the criminal elements that negatively impact our communities.”
The prosecution of this case was carried out as a component of the collaborative federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program. This program is the focal point of the Department of Justice’s efforts to reduce violent crime. PSN is a program that has been shown to be effective at reducing violent crime and is based on evidence.
By utilizing PSN, a diverse range of community stakeholders are able to coordinate their efforts to determine which aspects of violent crime in the area are causing the most concern and to devise complete responses to those concerns. PSN focuses its enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders as part of this plan and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs in order to achieve sustained reductions in crime.