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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Two Charged With Armed Robbery Of Roseville Pawn Shop


United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced a complaint charging DERRICK LYNCH, 51, and MARVIN SPENCER, 51, both of St. Paul, Minnesota, with armed robbery in violation of the Hobbs Act and using, carrying and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. The defendants are charged with robbing Pawn America, a pawn shop in Roseville, MN, on July 21, 2014. The defendants made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Saint Paul on September 9, 2014. Their next court appearance is expected on September 11, 2014.

According to the criminal complaint and documents filed in court, on July 21, 2014, at approximately 5:30 p.m., LYNCH and SPENCER used a semi-automatic handgun to rob Pawn America of approximately $200,000 worth of jewelry. SPENCER fired a number of shots in the direction of several store employees, hitting one of them in the ankle. While SPENCER was shooting, LYNCH smashed a display case from which he collected the jewelry.

According to documents filed in court, LYNCH was apprehended in Woodbury, Minnesota, on August 8, 2014. SPENCER was arrested in Moline, Illinois, on August 20, 2014. Both defendants subsequently admitted to robbing Pawn America. SPENCER also admitted to discharging a firearm during the robbery.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Hollenhorst.

U.S. Attorney Luger thanked the Roseville Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for conducting the investigation. U.S. Attorney Luger also thanked the U.S. Marshals Service for their help in apprehending the defendants.

Defendant Information:

DERRICK LYNCH
St. Paul, MN

Charges:

• Violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951 (Hobbs Act robbery), 1 count
• Violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) (using, carrying and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence), 1 count

MARVIN SPENCER
St. Paul, MN

Charges:
• Violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951 (Hobbs Act robbery), 1 count
• Violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) (using, carrying and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence), 1 count

 

 

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