NEWARK – A federal grand jury returned a 19-count indictment against a Newark man on Wednesday in connection with a series of commercial establishment robberies in Union, Essex, and Bergen counties, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Jamar Darby (a/k/a Rhino) 26, is charged with one count of conspiring to commit a Hobbs Act robbery, nine substantive counts of Hobbs Act robbery, and nine counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence.
The Hobbs Act is a 1946 federal law that prohibits actual or attempted robbery or extortion affecting interstate or foreign commerce “in any way or degree.”
Darby was previously arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with committing a Hobbs Act robbery and using a firearm during a crime of violence in connection with the robbery of a Subway Restaurant in Verona.
According to the indictment and other documents filed in this case:
On May 20, 2013, Darby and two other individuals allegedly entered a Subway Restaurant in Verona wearing dark hoodies, face masks, and gloves. Darby and another individual each brandished a handgun. After Darby and another robber restrained a Subway employee with plastic zip ties, Darby and his co-conspirators emptied the cash registers and fled.
The indictment also charges Darby in connection with the following robberies between December 2012 and May 2013:
- Linden Stationary in Linden on Feb. 1, 2013
- Delta Gas Station in Newark on Feb. 1, 2013
- Shoppers Express in Belleville on Feb. 2, 2013
- Krauszers in Bloomfield on Feb. 13, 2013
- Pat’s Deli in Newark on Feb. 19, 2013
- Smashburger in Paramus on March 16, 2013
- Krauszers in Bloomfield on March 29, 2013
- South Wood Discount Liquor in Linden on April 17, 2013
Darby allegedly brandished a handgun in all of the robberies, and he and his conspirators stole cash, cigarettes, and other items from their victims.
The Hobbs Act charges each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The charge of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison for the first offense, which must run consecutively to any other prison term. For each subsequent offense, the charge of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison, which must run consecutively to any other prison term. Each count also carries a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss arising out of the offense.
Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s indictment. He also thanked the Belleville, Bloomfield, Kearny, Linden, Maplewood, Newark, Paramus, Verona and West Orange Police Departments, along with the N.J. State Police and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for their work on this case.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jamari Buxton and Rahul Agarwal of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
The charge and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations and each defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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