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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Newark Man Sentenced to 115 Months in Prison for Role in Knifepoint Robbery

NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man was sentenced today to 115 months in prison for his role in the knifepoint robbery of a Harrison, New Jersey, taxi company, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Alfuquan Turner, 46, was convicted at trial in June 2022 before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini of one count of Hobbs Act robbery. Turner has two previous convictions for robbery, as well as other prior felony convictions.

On Sept. 23, 2019, Turner walked into a taxicab company armed with a knife and covering his face with a plastic bag. He demanded money from the cab company’s dispatcher. Turner stole the dispatcher’s jewelry, cell phone, and other items.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Martin sentenced Turner to three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark; investigators of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey under the direction of Superintendent Edward Cetnar; officers of the Harrison Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Strumolo; and investigators of the N.J. Transit Police Department, under the direction of Chief Christopher Trucillo, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shontae D. Gray and Sophie E. Reiter.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
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Press Release Number: 
22-398
Updated October 25, 2022