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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Bronx Man Sentenced To Life In Prison In Connection With Fatal Carjackings Of Two Livery Cab Drivers

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that TYRONE FELDER, a/k/a “Man Man,” was sentenced to life in prison plus 34 years for killing two livery cab drivers during fatal carjackings: Maodo Kane, whom FELDER killed in the Bronx on August 5, 2014, and Aboubacar Bah, whom FELDER killed in the Bronx on August 12, 2014.  FELDER was also sentenced for participating in two armed robberies in Yonkers on August 5, 2014, as well as firearms offenses related to the carjackings and the robberies.  A jury found FELDER guilty on September 6, 2018, after a trial before U.S. District Judge Vincent L. Briccetti, who also imposed today’s sentence. 

United States Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Tyrone Felder cruelly killed two innocent men who were simply trying to earn an honest living.  The swift action of the FBI, the NYPD, and the Yonkers Police Department stopped him before he could kill again.  Now Felder will spend the rest of his life behind bars.”

In pronouncing the sentence, Judge Briccetti said he was “astonished by the audacity and brutality” of FELDER’s crimes.

According to the allegations contained in the Indictment and the evidence presented in court during the trial:

On August 5, 2014, FELDER and three other men carjacked Maodo Kane in order to steal his cab.  FELDER and his crew forced Mr. Kane to drive to an isolated street near Hunter Avenue in the Bronx.  After another carjacker pulled Mr. Kane from his vehicle, FELDER shot Mr. Kane once in the back of his head, killing him.  FELDER’s crew then used the stolen car to commit two gunpoint robberies of businesses in Yonkers.

Subsequently, on August 12, 2014, the same crew carjacked Aboubacar Bah, again to steal his car to use in robberies.  When Mr. Bah resisted, FELDER shot him in the back of the head inside his vehicle on Bryant Avenue in the Bronx.  Mr. Bah’s vehicle careened down the street, crashing into parked cars before coming to a stop.  FELDER and his crew pulled Mr. Bah’s body from the car and drove off in the vehicle, intending to commit further robberies.   The carjackers soon abandoned the cab and their plans because they believed police were onto them. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), and Yonkers Police Department caught FELDER and his crew several days later.  Among other investigative techniques, the special agents and detectives working the case gathered surveillance video from dozens of cameras in the Bronx and Yonkers, piecing together the crew’s movements during their crimes.

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FELDER’s co-defendants, Kareem Martin, a/k/a “Jamal Walker,” Takiem Ewing, a/k/a “Mulla,” and Tommy Smalls, a/k/a “Tommy Guns,” previously pled guilty to participating in the fatal carjackings described above and await sentencing by Judge Briccetti. 

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the NYPD, the City of Yonkers Police Department, and the FBI’s Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force.

The case is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Gerber, Scott Hartman, Hagan Scotten, Anden Chow, and Celia Cohen are in charge of the prosecution.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
19-108
Updated April 3, 2019