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Philadelphia man charged in connection with convenience store robberies

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Eastern District of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia man was charged May 24 in connection with armed robberies of convenience stories, announced U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain.

Tyrone Evans, 24, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was charged by indictment with three counts of Hobbs Act robbery and three counts of the use and carrying of a firearm during a crime of violence.  According to the indictment[1], the defendant, along with codefendants who were charged separately, committed three gunpoint robberies of convenience stores in Philadelphia in June of 2017. 

“We work very hard to reduce violent crimes like these,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “And we have to make sure that those who use firearms when committing crimes pay a severe penalty. The safety of our communities depends on it.”

If convicted, defendant Tyrone Evans faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, including a mandatory minimum sentence of 57 years, as well as full restitution. 

            This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.  In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

The case was investigated by the Philadelphia Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Christopher E. Parisi.

[1] An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.