United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a criminal complaint charging DAIJON LEWIS MILES, 28, with three counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. MILES, who was arrested on August 27, 2020, made an appearance today before Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
According to the allegations in the criminal complaint and law enforcement affidavit, on July 28, 2020, between 2:16 p.m. and 8:55 p.m, MILES used force, violence, and fear of injury to commit three armed robberies of businesses located in St. Paul and Minneapolis, including one gas station and two liquor stores.
The Hobbs Act, passed by Congress in 1946, allows federal prosecutors to prosecute individuals who commit armed robberies of businesses engaged in interstate commerce.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, the Minneapolis Police Department, the Fridley Police Department, the Brooklyn Center Police Department, the New Hope Police Department, and the St. Paul Police Department. This case was brought as part of the Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force, a multi-agency effort that brings together additional federal and state resources to assist local law enforcement to investigate, arrest, and prosecute individuals responsible for gun violence in the Twin Cities. For more information about the Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force, please visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-mn/pr/united-states-attorney-announces-new-twin-cities-violent-crime-task-force.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin A. Wesley is prosecuting the case.
The charges contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
DAIJON LEWIS MILES, 28
- Hobbs Act robbery, 3 counts
- Using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, 1 count