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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

Friday, February 16, 2018

Armed Robber Pleads Guilty To Murder

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that DWAINE COLLYMORE, a/k/a “Twin,” pled guilty yesterday to murdering Carlos Vargas, and shooting at a second man, during an attempted robbery on April 28, 2016, inside 2466 Marion Avenue in the Bronx, New York.  COLLYMORE faces a maximum term of life in prison, and will be sentenced before Chief United States District Judge Colleen McMahon.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Dwaine Collymore has admitted to murdering Carlos Vargas during a botched robbery.  We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure that murderers are held to account for their crimes.”

According to the Indictment and other documents filed in the case, as well as statements made during the plea proceeding, on April 28, 2016, COLLYMORE and another man attempted to rob the occupants of an apartment located at 2466 Marion Avenue in the Bronx, where Carlos Vargas and others were engaged in selling small quantities of marijuana.  The victims resisted, and in the ensuing struggle COLLYMORE stunned Vargas and knocked him to the ground.   COLLYMORE then fired a shot at a second victim (“Victim-2”).  Victim-2 was not struck, but fell to the ground and played dead.  Believing he had already killed Victim-2, COLLYMORE then leaned over Vargas and fired a single shot into Vargas’s head at close range, killing him.

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Mr. Berman praised the outstanding work of the investigators of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the New York City Police Department’s 46th Precinct Detective Squad, and the United States Marshals Service.  

This case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Jared Lenow and Hagan Scotten are in charge of the prosecution.

Violent Crime
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Updated February 16, 2018