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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 9, 2021

Man Charged With String Of Armed Home Invasion And Gas Station Robberies

Home Invasion Robbery Victim Sustained Life-Threatening Gunshot Wound

Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, David M. Hoovler, Orange County District Attorney, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, New York Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today that TISHAWN C. WOODS has been arrested for his participation in a string of armed home invasion and gas station robberies in and around Newburgh, New York.  WOODS was apprehended yesterday in Orange, New Jersey, and will be presented this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Andrew E. Krause in White Plains federal court. 

U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said:  “As alleged, Tishawn Woods and an accomplice committed a series of robberies during which they discharged firearms, shooting and seriously wounding one of their victims.  We thank the FBI and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for their efforts to bring Woods to justice and keep the public safe.”   

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler said:  “It takes the combined cooperative efforts of different law enforcement officials to stop organized violent criminal activity, particularly where it crosses over into different jurisdictions.  I am grateful for the cooperation and work of the City of Newburgh Police Department, the Town of Newburgh Police Department, the Town of New Windsor Police Department, and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force in this case.  I am proud of the work of my office’s investigators and assistant district attorneys in this matter, particularly in obtaining some of the video evidence.  Very often digital recordings possessed by private citizens provide crucial evidence in solving violent crimes, which is why in 2016 we created the Video Camera Community Partnership Program.  I thank United States Attorney Audrey Strauss for the professionalism, diligence, and courtesy shown by her staff and look forward to working with the United States Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York on this and other matters.”   

FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “We’ve recently seen an uptick in violent offenses, and today I have a sincere warning for those planning similar violent behavior – think twice.  Respect others’ property and belongings. The FBI and our law enforcement partners will track you down and hold you accountable for violent behavior.  If you break federal law you will face federal penalties.”

According to the allegations in the Complaint:[1]

In the early morning hours of March 17, 2021, WOODS and an accomplice, armed with handguns, burst inside an apartment in Newburgh, New York, where they robbed and shot the apartment’s occupant, inflicting life-threatening injuries. 

In the early morning hours of March 22 and March 28, 2021, WOODS and an accomplice committed armed robberies of gas stations in New Windsor, New York, during which they fired shots near the gas stations’ clerks.

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WOODS, 20, of Newburgh, New York, is charged with three counts of Hobbs Act robbery, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and three counts of using, carrying, brandishing, and discharging a firearm during, in relation to, and in furtherance of, a crime of violence, each of which carries a mandatory 10-year consecutive sentence. 

The maximum potential sentences in these cases are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by a judge.

Ms. Strauss praised the outstanding work of the FBI, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the Orange County Crime Analysis Center, the City of Newburgh Police Department, the Town of Newburgh Police Department, and the Town of New Windsor Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Coffman is in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint, and the description of the Complaint set forth herein, constitutes only allegations, and every fact described therein should be treated as an allegation.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Contact: 
James Margolin, Nicholas Biase (212) 637-2600
Press Release Number: 
21-080
Updated April 9, 2021