FARGO – Acting United States Attorney Nicholas W. Chase announced today that U.S. District Court Chief Judge Peter D. Welte sentenced Teon Tyrik Berry, age 20, of Fargo, ND, to 57 months in federal prison for the charge of Interfere with Commerce by Threats and Violence – Hobbs Act Robbery. Judge Welte also sentenced Berry to three years of supervised released and $100 in special assessment fees.
On June 6, 2019, Berry and a group of young males and one female robbed a customer of commercial sex. Berry’s co-defendants posted an advertisement on “Skip the Games” promoting prostitution with adult women. The victim arranged to meet an individual for the purpose of commercial sex at an apartment building in Fargo. Using dangerous weapons, Berry and his co-defendants robbed the commercial sex customer by threats of force and actual force after he arrived at the apartment building just after midnight. Berry sought to take advantage of a customer of commercial sex whom he believed would be unwilling to go to law enforcement if he was robbed, but fortunately the victim called 911 immediately following the robbery.
This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Investigation and the Fargo Police Department, and Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Puhl prosecuted the case.