Tampa, Florida – Tyee Spike II (18, Tampa) and Jeffrey L. Davis (22, Tampa) have pleaded guilty to committing a string of armed commercial robberies. Spike pleaded guilty to participating in 10 armed robberies, discharging a firearm in furtherance of a robbery, and possessing a firearm and ammunition after being convicted of a felony. Davis pleaded guilty to participating in 8 armed robberies. They both face a maximum sentence of life in federal prison. Sentencing dates have not yet been set.
According to their plea agreements, Spike and Davis committed a series of commercial armed robberies, which took place in Tampa, Fishhawk, and Riverview, between October 13 and October 19, 2020. Firearms were brandished during every robbery. In the first robbery, an individual confronted Spike, and Spike shot him in the stomach. The victim remained hospitalized for 12 days but survived. Prior to the spree, Spike committed a carjacking to obtain the getaway vehicle which the men used for the robberies. The robbery spree ended with a high-speed chase, in which the defendants crashed the getaway vehicle before being apprehended. At the time of the defendants’ arrest, their getaway vehicle contained a “list of criminal achievements and/or ambitions,” which itemized various houses they intended to target and personal possessions they intended to take, including the names and locations of several commercial establishments.
In the year prior to the robbery spree, Spike had been convicted of battery on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, resisting an officer with violence, grand theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of robbery, and burglary of an unoccupied conveyance.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Natalie Hirt Adams.
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