Three Charged in Conspiracy to Rob Upper Darby Business Owner
|U.S. Attorney’s Office March 29, 2013|
PHILADELPHIA—Three Philadelphia men are charged with conspiracy and Hobbs Acts robbery in a home invasion of the owner of an Upper Darby business, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. A superseding indictment filed yesterday charges Jeramiah Stokes, 23, Tyreek Styles, 25, and Tyrone Styles, 24, all of Philadelphia, with the December 3, 2011 armed robbery of the owner of the Secane Deli and Grill in Upper Darby. According to the superseding indictment, the defendants and two other co-conspirators followed the owner home, forced their way into the home at gunpoint, and forced the business owner and the business owner’s family to give them money, some of which were the business proceeds of Secane Deli and Grill. The defendants are also charged with Hobbs Act robbery and using, carrying, and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. Defendant Tyrone Styles allegedly fired the gun as the three defendants and two co-conspirators fled the scene.
If convicted of all charges, each of the defendants faces a mandatory term of 10 years in prison up to a life sentence, fines, supervised release, and a special assessment of $300.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Upper Darby Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chun Barry.
An indictment or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.