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newark man pleads guilty to 14 armed robberies of new jersey stores



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March 12, 2014


 

NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man admitted today to committing 14 armed robberies of commercial establishments throughout Union, Essex, Hudson and Bergen counties, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. 

Jamar Darby, aka “Rhino,” 27, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls to two counts of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robberies and with brandishing a firearm during one of those robberies.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Darby conspired with others to rob commercial establishments as follows:

Pao Da Terra

Newark

Dec. 29, 2012

Lukoil

Newark

Jan. 20, 2013

Newark Community Pharmacy

Newark

Jan. 24, 2013

Linden Stationary

Linden

Feb. 1, 2013

Delta Gas Station

Newark

Feb. 1, 2013

Shoppers Express

Belleville

Feb. 2, 2013

Krauszers

Kearny

Feb. 10, 2013

Krauszers

Bloomfield

Feb. 13, 2013

Pat’s Deli

Newark

Feb. 19, 2013

Smashburger

Paramus

March 16, 2013

Krauszers

Bloomfield

March 29, 2013

South Wood Discount Liquor

Linden

April 17, 2013

Newark Community Pharmacy

Newark

May 1, 2013

Subway Restaurant

Verona

May 20, 2013

Darby and his conspirators robbed each of these establishments at gunpoint, stealing cash, cigarettes and other items. In 13 of the 14 robberies, Darby and his conspirators used zip ties or duct tape to restrain their victims. During the Pat’s Deli robbery on Feb. 19, 2013, Darby and a conspirator restrained several victims with duct tape after threatening one victim with a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

The Hobbs Act conspiracy to which Darby pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The charge of brandishing a firearm during a violent crime carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison, which must run consecutively to any other prison term. Each count also carries a maximum $250,000 fine or twice the gross gain or loss arising out of the offense. Sentencing is scheduled for June 17, 2014. 

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked the Belleville, Bloomfield, Kearny, Linden, Maplewood, Newark, Paramus, Verona and West Orange Police Departments, along with the N.J. State Police and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for their work on this case.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jamari Buxton and Rahul Agarwal of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

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Defense counsel: Anthony C. Mack Esq., Newark                           

Darby Indictment

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