Miami, Florida –
Two South Florida residents appeared in federal court today on charges
of using an assault firearm to rob money from drive-through cashiers at a
Miami Gardens Burger King and a Miami Gardens Wendy’s.
According to the criminal complaint affidavit, on March 31, 2020, at
about 10:40 am, Amos Roberts, 34, and Tyra Nance, 21, placed an order at
a drive-through speaker at a Miami Gardens Burger King restaurant. The
affidavit alleges that Nance drove the car while Roberts, who wore a
black hoodie sweatshirt and black skull cap, sat in the backseat. Once
the car was at the drive-through window and the cash register was open,
Roberts allegedly pushed the cashier out of the way with a large
assault-style firearm and took money from the cash tray. Roberts and
Nance allegedly drove off with the money.
The criminal complaint affidavit also alleges that Roberts and Nance
repeated the crime later that day, this time at a Miami Gardens Wendy’s
restaurant. With Nance allegedly at the wheel, they placed an order at
the drive-through speaker, then drove up to the payment window. Once the
cash register was open, Roberts allegedly exited the back of the car
carrying a rifle, which he pointed at the drive-through cashier. The
cashier ran away from the register and Roberts allegedly grabbed money
from the cash tray.
Officers investigated and located Roberts and Nance. They pulled the
defendants over as they were driving a car that matched the one involved
in the robberies. Officers found a black hoodie, black skull cap, and
an AR15 style semi-automatic firearm inside the car. They arrested
Roberts and Nance. The criminal complaint charges them with robbery and
Roberts and Nance had their initial appearances and detention hearings today. They will be detained without bond pending trial.
Ariana Fajardo Orshan, United States Attorney for the Southern
District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and Alfredo Ramirez
III, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) made the
U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the FBI, MDPD, and Miami
Gardens Police Department for their investigative efforts and the
Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office for its assistance. U.S. Attorney
Cary O. Aronovitz is prosecuting this case.
During the current COVID-19 health crisis, the United States
Attorney’s Office and its federal, state, and local law enforcement
partners continue investigating and prosecuting all forms of crime in
This case involved the U.S. Attorney’s Office Violence Reduction
Partnership (VRP) initiative. Through the VRP, the U.S. Attorney’s
Office and its federal and local law enforcement allies have sought to
dismantle the most violent criminal networks that plague communities
throughout the Southern District of Florida.
Related court documents and information may be found on the website
of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.