A Minneapolis man has been charged in federal court in connection to an armed robbery spree at four businesses in the Twin Cities in late July.
Derrick Lee Spillman, 39, of Minneapolis, is charged with four counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. He made his first court appearance Tuesday.
According to the news release, which cites the criminal complaint, Spillman on July 30 between 6:56 a.m. and 3:53 p.m. used force, violence and fear of injury to commit four armed robberies of businesses in the Twin Cities, including two Holiday gas stations, a Speedway store and a Subway.
He showed a firearm in all four robberies in order to compel employees to give him cash from the business, the release states. Surveillance video from the four businesses captured Spillman's distinctive tattoos, leading investigators to identify him.
Police departments in Minneapolis, Fridley, Brooklyn Center, New Hope and St. Paul, as well as the FBI, assisted in the case, which is part of the Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force.