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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Delaware

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Philadelphia Man Arrested For Gun-Point Robbery of an Armored Truck in Wilmington

WILMINGTON, Del. – David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced today that a federal grand jury returned an indictment last week charging a Philadelphia man with robbing an armored security truck at gunpoint.

According to the court documents, on June 10, 2022, Tayion Spencer, 31, robbed an armored truck used to collect and deliver U.S. currency in Wilmington, Delaware. Spencer previously worked for the armored truck company he robbed, and he wore his former employer’s uniform during the robbery.  During the robbery, Spencer brandished and aimed a firearm at the armored truck driver. A scuffle then ensued where Spencer tasered the driver, stole the driver’s firearm, and drove away in the armored truck.

The Delaware State Police (“DSP”) and FBI located video surveillance showing Spencer fleeing the scene and abandoning the armored truck for a car registered to him. DSP and FBI agents located the armored truck nearby. Spencer stole over $100,000 in cash. 

On June 21, 2022, Palm Beach Police arrested Spencer in Florida after he fled a traffic stop and crashed into a marked police vehicle, following a police pursuit. Palm Beach Police recovered a loaded Glock semi-automatic handgun, a taser matching the one used during the robbery, a ski mask, Spencer’s employment paperwork, and approximately $3,200.

If convicted of Hobbs Act Robbery, carjacking, and brandishing and use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, Spencer faces a mandatory minimum of 7 years and maximum penalty of life in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Weiss stated, “Mr. Spencer is charged with Hobbs Act Robbery, carjacking, and using a firearm during that robbery.  While fleeing law enforcement, he recklessly endangered others.  My office and our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners are committed to holding individuals accountable who participate in violent criminal activity.”

This case is being investigated by the Delaware State Police and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin P. Pierce is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the District of Delaware or on PACER.

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Violent Crime
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Updated September 21, 2022