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Tennessee Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For String Of Robberies Of Twin Cities Auto Parts Stores

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of TONY LENDELL REED, 33, of Memphis, Tennessee, to 240 months in prison for robbery. On February 1, 2019, a federal jury convicted REED of six counts of interference with commerce by robbery, known as the Hobbs Act. The Hobbs Act prohibits actual or attempted robbery affecting interstate or foreign commerce “in any way or degree.” REED was sentenced today before Judge Joan N. Ericksen in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

United States Attorney Erica MacDonald stated, “Today’s sentence is an appropriate and just response to Mr. Reed’s callous criminal acts. This sentence is also a testament to the commitment my office, and our local law enforcement partners, have to keeping the public safe from those who bring fear and violence to our community.”

Co-defendants ORLANDO LORENZO HARRIS, 35, DERF REGLAN RAHINE REED, 46, and TYRELL DANDRE CAMPBELL, 24, each entered guilty pleas in connection with the Hobbs Act robberies. HARRIS was sentenced on April 8, 2019, to 38 months in prison. DERF REED was sentenced on May 17, 2019, to 43 months in prison. CAMPBELL will be sentenced at a later date.

As proven at trial and in documents filed in court, between June 12 and November 29, 2017, on six separate occasions, REED and his co-defendants robbed auto parts stores located throughout the Twin Cities metro area. During each of the robberies, the defendants displayed what appeared to the victims to be a gun, threatened the victims, and demanded money. REED and his co-defendants also restrained the employees of the stores they robbed, using zip ties to bind the victims’ wrists and ankles.  

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Minneapolis Division, Chicago Division, and Memphis Division of the FBI, the Minneapolis Police Department, the Crystal Police Department, the Columbia Heights Police Department, the White Bear Lake Police Department, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, and the Holly Springs, Mississippi Police Department. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.

Assistant United States Attorneys LeeAnn K. Bell and Ruth S. Shnider prosecuted the case.


Defendant Information:


Memphis, Tennessee


  • Interference with Commerce by Robbery (Hobbs Act), 6 counts


  • 240 months in prison
  • Three years of supervised release



Minneapolis, Minnesota


  • Interference with Commerce by Robbery (Hobbs Act), 2 counts


  • 38 months in prison
  • Three years of supervised release



Chicago, Illinois


  • Interference with Commerce by Robbery (Hobbs Act), 1 count


  • 43 months in prison
  • Two years of supervised release



Minneapolis, Minnesota


  • Interference with Commerce by Robbery (Hobbs Act), 1 count





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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600


Updated May 28, 2019

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