District Teenager Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Armed Robberies of Convenience Stores
Defendant Admits Robbing Two Stores Within Three-Week Period
WASHINGTON – Ty’Juan Beynum, 17, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to eight years in prison for a pair of armed robberies that took place earlier this year at 7-Eleven stores in Northeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced.
Beynum, who was charged as an adult because of the nature of the crimes, pled guilty in September 2017 to two counts of armed robbery. He was sentenced in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia by the Honorable Anthony C. Epstein. Following his prison term, Beynum will be placed on five years of supervised release.
According to a proffer of facts submitted at the plea hearing, the first robbery took place on June 20, 2017. Shortly before 5 a.m., Beynum entered a 7-Eleven store in the 700 block of H Street NE, armed with a semiautomatic handgun. He ordered an employee to open the cash register and hand over money. The employee complied, and Beynum fled with about $250.
The second robbery took place on July 8, 2017, shortly before 4 a.m.at a 7-Eleven store in the 1300 block of Second Street NE. Beynum pointed a handgun at two employees and once again ordered that the cash register be opened. This time, he left with a plastic bag containing about $170. A detective with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) happened to be in a back office at the store to review surveillance footage in an unrelated case. He saw the robbery unfolding on a security monitor and alerted other officers, who apprehended Beynum nearby.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Liu commended those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. She also expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Rizwan Qureshi, who investigated and prosecuted the case.