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Gunman and leader of a series of armed robberies pleads guilty

Tyrone Wallace

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ST. LOUIS, MO — Lloyd Wings, 41, of St. Louis, pled guilty to seven charges of armed robbery, two charges of flashing a handgun in aid of an armed robbery, and one count of armed robbery conspiracy.

Wings went before United States District Court Judge Ronnie L. White today and admitted being a part of an armed robbery conspiracy and committing armed robberies.

Wings and five co-defendants conspired to perpetrate a series of armed robberies in St. Louis beginning in July 2018. Wings and his accomplices would pick a robbery spot and drive there in separate vehicles.

The conspirators would then enter the business armed with firearms and demand the contents of the safe and cash registers from the staff. The conspirators planned to rob businesses by threatening to employ lethal force.

Wings and his accomplices would also rob clients or employees of their personal belongings. They'd then depart in their own cars, meet up somewhere else, and split the robbery money.

The defendant and two accomplices robbed a Domino's pizza business on Lindell Boulevard on August 31, 2018. He and one of his accomplices entered the company through an unlocked employee door. Both attempted to hide their true identities. They asked that a cashier take money from the registers. Wings brandished a weapon as he demanded the money. After then, a co-conspirator demanded that an employee open the safe.

After the safe was opened, the co-conspirator took all of the money and departed with Wings and another co-conspirator who drove the getaway car.

Wings and three accomplices robbed a Metro PCS store on DeBaliviere Avenue on September 9, 2018. Wings stormed the store, brandishing a purple gun and aiming it at a Metro PCS employee and customers. He demanded cash and pulled out a purple Crown Royal bag.

About an hour after robbing the Metro PCS on DeBaliviviere, Wings and three co-conspirators robbed the Metro PCS on Page Ave. Three co-conspirators waited in the getaway vehicles after dropping Wings off outside the establishment. Wings stormed into the Metro PCS store, brandishing a weapon and threatening a store staff.

Wings and a co-conspirator robbed the Family Dollar in the 5900 block of Delmar Boulevard on September 7, 2018. Wings entered the store armed with a mini-Draco (AK-47-style assault weapon) and requested access to the safe. While waiting for the safe to open, Wings held many guests and staffers at gunpoint for about ten minutes.

Lastly, Wings and his accomplices robbed the Family Dollar in the 5300 block of Virginia Avenue on September 10, 2018. Wings entered the store with a semiautomatic handgun and brandished it. He robbed an employee and demanded money from the cash register.

The date for sentencing has been set for September 14, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. by Judge White.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the Pagedale Police Department, the North County Cooperative, and the St. Louis County Police Department. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Paul D'Agrosa.

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