Orlando, Florida – A federal jury has found Tauri Benjamin Rivas Nunez (22, Orlando) guilty of robbery and aiding and abetting the brandishing of a firearm. Rivas Nunez faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 28, 2021.
Rivas Nunez had been indicted on January 7, 2021.
According to evidence presented at trial, on August 10, 2019, Rivas Nunez and two others entered a T-Mobile store located at 5420 Deep Lake Road in Oviedo. Rivas Nunez placed an employee in a chokehold, while a co-defendant took another employee into a back room at gunpoint and ordered the employee to empty a safe containing cellphones and merchandise. Rivas Nunez removed money for the cash register and the three individuals ran from the store with the stolen items. Rivas Nunez was located immediately after the robbery at a home in Orlando. The stolen merchandise was recovered from the residence, along with the firearm used during the robbery.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Daniel P. Jancha and Chauncey A. Bratt.