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Fugitive Charged in Jewelry Store Robberies Arrested
In New York City

December 20, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a fugitive charged in two Luzerne County jewelry store robberies from 2008 was arrested in New York City.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Huby Ramkissoon, age 37, of New York, New York, was charged by a Complaint in 2008 by the Wilkes-Barre Police for the May 14, 2008 robbery of Dunay Jewelry store, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

     At the time the Complaint was filed in 2008, Ramkissoon was a fugitive.

     On October 16, 2012, a federal grand jury in Scranton returned an indictment against Ramkissoon charging him with allegedly conspiring with another to carry firearms in relation to the robbery of Steve Hydock Diamonds Jewelry store, Kingston, Pennsylvania, on May 5, 2008 and Dunay Jewelry store, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on May 14, 2008.

     Ramkissoon was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Tuesday in New York City without incident. He appeared before Chief United States Magistrate Judge Malachy E. Mannion and pleaded not guilty. Ramkissoon was ordered detained pending trial. Following the initial appearance the indictment was unsealed.

     The case was investigated by the FBI, the Kingston Police Department, and the Wilkes-Barre Police Department. Prosecution has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney John C. Gurganus.

     Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     In this particular case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is life imprisonment. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant=s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.




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