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Minneapolis man pleads guilty to armed robbery spree at Twin Cities businesses

The U.S. Attorney's Office says he pointed a gun at employees of each of the seven businesses he robbed last July.

A 40-year-old Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to armed robberies at seven Twin Cities businesses last July. 

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Derrick Lee Spillman robbed a Holiday gas station and two liquor stores on July 28, 2020, in which he pointed guns at employees, ordered them to the ground and physically assaulted them.

Then, on July 30, 2020, Spillman robbed two more Holiday gas stations, a Speedway gas station and a Subway restaurant in which he pointed a gun at employees, racked the slide of the gun and demanded cash.

Spillman pleaded guilty on Tuesday to seven counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. 

“Working in tandem with our federal and local law enforcement partners, we will continue to pursue, arrest, and prosecute violent, armed criminals such as Mr. Spillman,” Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk said in a statement.

Police departments in Minneapolis, Fridley, Brooklyn Center, New Hope and St. Paul, as well as the FBI, investigated the robberies. 

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