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Mount Vernon Man Pleads Guilty To String Of Livery Cab Armed Robberies

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ALLANMON MAVUMKAL pled guilty today to four counts of Hobbs Act robbery in connection with a spree in which he threatened livery cab drivers and robbed the drivers of cash, personal items, and their cabs.  MAVUMKAL pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “As he admitted today, Allanmon Mavumkal terrorized four livery cab drivers with a knife, robbing them of their money and cars.  Now Mavumkal is facing significant prison time for his violent acts.” 

According to the Complaint, Superseding Indictment, and other statements made in open court:

On September 21, 2017, MAVUMKAL hailed a livery cab in the Bronx, and directed the driver to a particular destination.  After arriving at the drop-off location, MAVUMKAL threatened the driver with a large knife, which was captured on video footage from the cab, ordered the driver out of the cab, and then drove away in the cab.  The day before, on September 20, 2017, MAVUMKAL robbed three other livery cab drivers in the Bronx and Mt. Vernon in a similar fashion.

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MAVUMKAL, 30, of Mount Vernon, New York, pled guilty to four counts of Hobbs Act robbery, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the New York City Police Department in this case.

This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Justin V. Rodriguez is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated March 8, 2018

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 18-068