CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - A Soddy-Daisy man faces federal charges in connection with the armed robbery of a Mexican restaurant.

A federal grand jury returned a three count indictment against 27-year-old Joshua Young, of Soddy Daisy, in connection with the April 30th armed robbery of the El Metate Mexican restaurant.

Federal officials say Young is a convicted felon, and will face additional charges for possession of a firearm.

Young is being charged under the Project Safe Neighborhoods which allows prosecutors to utilize local, state and federal laws to prosecute criminals for gun crimes.

If convicted, Young faces a maximum of 20 years in prison a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release for the robbery charge. He faces a minimum term of seven years up to a maximum of life in prison, which will run consecutively to any other prison term imposed in the case, a $250,000 fine, and a term of five years of supervised release for brandishing a firearm during the robbery. The maximum punishment for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, is a term of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release, unless Young is determined to be an Armed Career Criminal, which would result in prison term of 15 years up to a maximum of life.

"Persons with felony records, who brandish guns to commit robberies are some of the most dangerous in our society. Thankfully, the Soddy Daisy Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives did a good job of investigating this crime and apprehending the defendant," said U.S. Attorney Bill Killian.

Young has yet to be arraigned on the federal charges.