PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Nasir Wright, 25, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced to 11 years in prison and five years of supervised release by United States District Court Judge John Padova for three gunpoint robberies which occurred in January 2020.
In June 2022, the defendant pleaded guilty to three counts of Hobbs Act robbery; one count of the carrying, using, and brandishing a firearm in during a crime of violence; and possession with the intent to distribute heroin. The charges stem from a series of incidents which occurred almost two years ago in Philadelphia and Delaware County. First, on January 10, 2020, the defendant entered a Little Caesar’s restaurant on the 5900 block of Lancaster Avenue and placed an order. Once the cashier opened the register, the defendant jumped over the counter, grabbed $200 from the register and fled the area. Then, on January 20, 2020, the defendant entered the Family Dollar on the 6400 block of Rising Sun Avenue and went to the checkout line to pay for a bag of chips. When he reached the front of the line, Wright jumped over the top of the counter, pointed a silver firearm at two employees, took $300 from the cash register and fled the store. A few hours later, on the same date, the defendant travelled to the Family Dollar located on the 1400 block of Chester Pike in Sharon Hill, PA. Wright entered the store and browsed the aisles inside. After about 15 minutes in the store, he approached the counter with an item from the store. Wright gave the cashier a $5 bill and when the cashier opened the register, Wright jumped over the counter, pulled out a silver handgun, and pointed it at the cashier. The cashier then gave Wright $350 from the register and he fled the store.
Early the next morning, Upper Darby police officers located a vehicle that matched the description from the Sharon Hill robbery and observed that Wright was inside. When officers searched Wright’s vehicle, they recovered the silver handgun that he used to commit the robberies and six grams of heroin.
“Violent takeover robberies with firearms are terrifying for victims who are going about their daily duties to make a living,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “Nasir Wright was determined to steal money from these businesses, growing bolder and more aggressive with each incident. This sentence of more than a decade in prison will keep him off the street, and we hope is a measure of justice for the victims.”
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Sharon Hill Police Department and the Upper Darby Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Eckert.