Two L.A. men charged with robbing a U.S. Secret Service undercover agent at gunpoint under the pretense of selling counterfeit money.
Richard Taron Henderson, aka “Profit,” 22, and Tyre Jordan Simmons, aka “Reckless,” also 22, were charged in a six counts indictment that alleges one transaction involving counterfeit money and an armed robbery of the federal undercover agent.
Both defendants are charged with conspiracy, armed robbery, assaulting a federal agent with a deadly weapon, and using a handgun during a crime of violence. Henderson is further charged with dealing counterfeit money, and Simmons is accused of being a felon in possession of a gun.
The indictment alleges an October 18, 2017 incident in which Henderson allegedly sold 250 fake $20 Federal Reserve Notes as part of a U.S. Secret Service investigation into the trafficking of counterfeit money.
As the investigation continued, Henderson allegedly negotiated a deal to sell $40,000 in counterfeit money. However, the deal was a pretense to rob the federal undercover agent who was attempting to buy the counterfeit money.
On March 26, Henderson arranged the meeting in Los Angeles area and prepared for it by stuffing stuff into a duffel bag to make it appear that the bag was filled with fake money. Henderson dispatched Simmons to meet with the federal undercover agent.
During the meeting with the agent, Simmons allegedly produced a 9mm gun, pointed it in the face of the federal agent and robbed him of $4,500 in genuine U.S. currency and the keys to the undercover car. In committing the robbery, Henderson and Simmons put the life of the undercover agent in jeopardy by using a firearm.
Simmons, who was convicted of robbery in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2016, allegedly was a felon in possession of a weapon during the robbery.
Simmons is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on April 19, and Henderson’s arraignment is set for the following day. Henderson and Simmons were previously arrested in this case according to a criminal complaint, and Simmons remains in custody without bond.
If they were to be convicted, Henderson would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years for the counterfeit money charge. Both defendants would face up to 50 years for the charges related to the alleged robbery, plus a mandatory seven years sentence related to the use of the firearm. And, Simmons would face up to 10 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.