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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Tulsa Man Sentenced for Six Armed Robberies as Part of Project Safe Neighborhoods Prosecution

United States Attorney Trent Shores announced that Treveon Montrell Vaughn, 27, of Tulsa, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for obstructing commerce by robbery and to brandishing a firearm during six different robberies at local donut and Dollar General stores.

Chief U.S. District Judge John E. Dowdell sentenced Vaughn to 319 months in federal prison and further ordered him to pay restitution to the businesses in the amount of $60,000.

“Treveon Vaughn was a gun-toting serial armed robber whose crime spree was brought to an end by dedicated police work and diligent prosecution. Vaughn also admitted to influencing juveniles to participate in his criminal transgressions. Alpha Criminals like Vaughn are exactly who Project Safe Neighborhoods was designed to identify and hold accountable,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores “No longer will Vaughn be able to corrupt youths in our community nor violently rob our local businesses.”

Vaughn committed six armed robberies between June 24, 2018, and August 17, 2018, and at one point committed three robberies in one day. In each of the robberies, Vaughn wore a mask and brandished a firearm, threatening store employees and stealing cash from registers. Vaughn’s crime spree ended when Tulsa police officers were called to the scene of a robbery in progress at a Dollar General store on August 17, 2018, and Vaughn became trapped inside the store. At one point during the resulting stand-off with officers, the defendant started a small fire, trying to destroy evidence.  He eventually surrendered and was taken into custody.  He eventually admitted to influencing and leading a group of juveniles into his criminal activity, stating they would do anything for money.

The Tulsa Police Department and the FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Roberts prosecuted the case.

This prosecution is a result of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative. PSN was reinvigorated in 2017 as part of the Justice Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership the local community and with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
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Updated July 9, 2019