North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty To 8 NJ Robberies

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TRENTON – A Kingston, N.C., man has admitted to robbing a bank, six fast food restaurants, and a convenience store in New Jersey’s Monmouth and Middlesex Counties between Jan. 29 and Feb. 12, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Timothy Lester Johnson, a/k/a “Amiri Allah,” pleaded guilty on Wednesday to an Information charging him with one count of bank robbery and two counts of commercial robbery for crimes he committed on Feb. 11 and 12. Johnson entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court.

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According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Johnson admitted to robbing a Dunkin’ Donuts in Long Branch on Jan. 29, a Burger King in Eatontown on Feb. 3, a Quick Chek in Neptune on Feb. 4, a Dunkin’ Donuts in Perth Amboy on Feb. 6, a McDonalds in Tinton Falls on Feb. 8, a Dunkin’ Donuts in Ocean Township on Feb. 11, another Dunkin’ Donuts in Tinton Falls on Feb. 11, and a PNC Bank branch in Howell on Feb. 12.

Johnson also admitted to brandishing what appeared to be a firearm in each robbery.

Review of surveillance video from the robberies and additional investigation led law enforcement to a Neptune motor inn where Johnson was staying. On Feb. 23, law enforcement observed Johnson place bags in the trunk of a car and depart the motel. Johnson was detained after law enforcement stopped the vehicle.

The three counts to which Johnson pleaded guilty each carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. He is currently scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 7.


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