October 30, 2020

Armed IHOP robber headed to federal prison for 9 years

A Mississippi man will spend 9 years behind bars for pulling a gun and stealing $631 from an IHOP restaurant in 2017.

Stefan Brown, 21, of Jackson, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette to 108 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for robbing the business and brandishing a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze.

On January 31, 2017, officers with the Jackson Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the International House of Pancakes (“IHOP”) on Greenway Drive in Jackson. The victims reported, and surveillance video confirmed, that Brown entered the IHOP brandishing a firearm and demanding all of the money in their cash registers. The victims answered Brown’s demands and ran to hide in the restaurant freezer. Brown exited the business with $631.

Brown was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 21, 2018 and pled guilty on January 9, 2019.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Candace Mayberry.