NEWARK—FBI special agents arrested a Roslyn Heights, New York man near his home on Wednesday to face an indictment charging him and three other men with various offenses in connection with two armed robberies of T-Mobile stores in Linden and Woodbridge, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Leonard Arrington, 27, is charged in the indictment—along with Carl Williams, 29, and Eric Williams, 32, of Brooklyn, New York—with one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robberies, one count of committing a Hobbs Act robbery, and one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence. Terrell McQueen, 29, of Elizabeth, is charged in the indictment with the same offenses, as well as an additional count each of Hobbs Act robbery and using a firearm during a crime of violence.
McQueen, Carl Williams, and Eric Williams (no relation) were initially arrested and charged by criminal complaint with the conspiracy and firearms counts on Feb. 14.
According to the indictment and other documents filed in this case:
On Sept. 20, 2012, Carl Williams and another man, allegedly brandishing a firearm, walked into a T-Mobile store in Linden. They then allegedly tied up the employees in the back of the store, stole approximately 50 to 60 cell phones, and fled in a Land Rover.
McQueen, Eric Williams, and other conspirators then allegedly delivered the stolen phones to a cell phone store in Brooklyn.
On October 2, 2012, Arrington entered a T-Mobile store in Woodbridge, allegedly carrying a gun, along with another man. After locking the front door, the men allegedly took the employees to the back of the store and tied them up and then stole approximately 40 cell phones. One of the robbers then called the getaway driver, who drove them away in a Land Rover. McQueen, Eric Williams, and others allegedly delivered the stolen phones to the same Brooklyn store.
The charges of Hobbs Act conspiracy and robbery carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison. The charge of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence carries a maximum potential penalty of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years for the first count of conviction and 25 years for the second count of conviction, each of which must run consecutively to one another and to any other prison term. Each of the five counts also carries a maximum fine of $250,000.
Fishman praised special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, with the investigation leading to the arrest and charges. He also thanked the Linden and Woodbridge Police Departments, as well as the New York City and Nassau County Police Departments and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in New York, for their excellent work in this case.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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