"Rhino" of Newark Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for String of 14 Armed Robberies Including Verona Subway
NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced yesterday that a Newark man, Jamar Darby, 27, also known as "Rhino," was sentenced to 225 months in prison after pleading guilty to 14 armed robberies of commercial establishments throughout Essex, Hudson and Union counties - including the Verona Subway armed robbery on the night of May 20, 2013.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge William H. Walls sentenced Darby to three years of supervised release and a $73,324 fine of restitution.
Darby had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of an indictment which charged him with:
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Darby conspired with others to rob these commercial establishments:
The Attorney General said that Darby and his conspirators robbed each establishment at gunpoint, stealing cash, cigarettes and other items. In 13 of the 14 robberies, they used zip ties or duct tape to restrain their victims. During the Pat’s Deli robbery on Feb. 19, 2013, Darby and a conspirator restrained several victims with duct tape after threatening one victim with a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun.
Verona Subway Robbery
According to the Attorney General, on Monday, May 20, around 11 p.m., Darby brandished a handgun as he and two other men entered the Verona Subway located at 45 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona. Darby and another robber restrained a Subway employee by tying the employee’s hands and feet with plastic zip ties and stole $409 from the cash register before fleeing. The restaurant's surveillance camera captured the event on video. Reportedly, the suspect was wearing a dark NY Yankees hat with white lettering, dark pants, black boots, and black gloves and his face was also covered with a black mask.
On June 21, 2013, law enforcement searched Darby's residence and a vehicle used by him and found:
Multiple Agencies Involved
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited the following law enforcement officers and agencies for their work on this case:
Begins Today: Caldwell, Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell and West Caldwell Police to Participate in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Aug. 15 to Sept. 1
CALDWELL, NJ - Area police will be participating in the 2014 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national campaign which begins today. Caldwell Police Chief James H. Bongiorno, Essex Fells Police Chief Vincent Kulik, Fairfield Deputy Chief Anthony Manna, North Caldwell Police Chief Mark Deuer and West Caldwell Police Chief Michael J. Bramhall all confirmed that their agencies will take part in the coordinated effort with other local and state law enforcement agencies, to crack down on drunk drivers. Each group on their own will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated. Little Falls Police will be taking part in the campaign as well.
From Friday, Aug. 15 through Monday, Sept. 1, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched across the U.S. in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period.
In 2013, alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 22 percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities. The 2013 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Crackdown resulted in:
WEST ESSEX AREA POLICE
Law enforcement agencies from around West Essex reported the following results during the 2013 campaign:
In New Jersey, a person is guilty of drunk driving if they operate a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC - the amount of alcohol the bloodstream) of 0.08 percent or greater. Although the law refers to a 0.08 percent BAC, you can be convicted of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor even when your BAC is below 0.08 percent. Consuming even small amounts of alcohol dulls the senses, decreases reaction time, and hampers judgement, vision and alertness. If you consume any amount of alcohol and your driving is negatively impacted, you can be convicted of drunk driving.
Driving under the Influence Penalties
1st Offense - BAC: 0.08 percent or higher, but less than 0.10 percent
All offenses also carry:
Refusal to Submit to Breath Test Penalty
Possessing an Open Container Penalty
If occurring within a school zone, some of the above penalties are increased.
“More than 10,000 people are killed in the United States each year
The Division of Highway Traffic Safety offers the following advice:
CALDWELL, NJ - On Monday, the Caldwell Police confirmed a recent Westville Avenue, Caldwell, burglary. After West Essex NOW contacted the agency for more information, Caldwell Chief James Bongiorno stated that the incident did take place during the overnight hours of July 12 into July 13.
"There was a reported burglary, not a robbery, to a residence
It is West Essex NOW's understanding that specific items were taken, but that will not be made public as the investigation in ongoing.
West Caldwell Police Report Recent Forest Avenue Burglaries
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - On Friday, West Caldwell Police Chief Michael J. Bramhall announced that the police department is investigating two residential burglaries that happened on Forest Avenue, West Caldwell, on Friday, July 4 and last evening, Thursday, July 17. According to Bramhall, both burglaries occurred between 7pm and 10pm.
Residents are asked to contact the West Caldwell Police Department at 973-226-4114 if they have information on this investigation or if they see anything unusual or any suspicious persons in their neighborhood.
West Caldwell Police Department
Chief: Michael J. Bramhall
21 Clinton Road
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Facebook: West Caldwell Police Department
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - On Thursday, the Newark Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that four Bloods street gang members were indicated by a federal grand jury on charges of murder, attempted murder, racketeering, robbery, weapons offenses and drug distribution. The four men, all of Newark, are allegedly members of the Blood's subgroup, found primarily in Essex County, called "Sex Money Murder."
According to the FBI, beginning in 2007, Sex Money Murder controlled the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine in the area surrounding Martin Luther King Boulevard and Spruce Street in Newark and amassed firearms in the same neighborhoods. The gang is made up of friends and family members who join at a young age and and mark themselves with SMM tattoos. They follow the typical Bloods governing rules and hierarchical power structures and mark their territory with SMM gang symbols.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced that the men were charged in a 14-count superseding indictment in connection with their alleged Sex Money Murder gang activities. The four indicted men and their charges are:
Narik "Spaz" Wilson, 29 - Leader of the gang
Wilson was previously charged with drug distribution and firearm possession on Oct. 7, 2011.
Emil “Diddy” Rutledge, 26
Laquan “Drama” Reed, 25
Rajohn “1090” Wilson, 23
“The offenses charged in today’s indictment
All four men are already in custody on related charges and are expected to appear in Newark federal court on a date still to be determined. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, under the leadership of Wilson, the four gang members allegedly engaged in a wide range of violent criminal activity in order to deal drugs, silence those that they considered police informants and intimidate rival gangs. According to the FBI, these acts included numerous murders, shootings, robberies and auto thefts.
The case points to these specific events as evidence:
“Drug dealing, illegal weapons and gang violence
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael H. Robertson and Dara Govan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Organized Crime/Gangs Unit in Newark.
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - The Essex County Prosecutor's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating Ali Muhammed Brown, 30, originally of East Orange.
In Seattle, WA, police there have charged Brown with the June 1 shooting of two men and the stealing of their car.
Brown has recently been seen in New Jersey and is wanted for allegedly stealing a wallet and trying to steal a car in Point Pleasant on June 29.
In Point Pleasant, police there have charged Brown with:
Bail has already been set for $500,000 once he is found.
Brown is described as:
He is considered armed and dangerous. Brown is thought to frequent gyms.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the fugitive's arrest.
If anyone knows the whereabouts of Brown, they should call:
All calls will be kept confidential.
LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Saturday morning, the owners of Grandview Deli in Little Falls, arrived at their establishment to find that, overnight, someone had broken the front window of their storefront and stolen property from the premises.
Little Falls Police Detective Sergeant James Briggs explained to West Essex NOW, "Unknown persons smashed the front window during the overnight hours. They took the cash register which was later found located in the street in North Bergen."
Police have no other information at this time and no witnesses. The Deli is located at 730 Main Street, Little Falls, on the Fairfield and North Caldwell border.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact:
Detective Corporal Jason Macaluso: 973-890-4503
Detective Sergeant James Briggs: 973-256-0200
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Updated 10am Saturday
NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - Saturday, an early morning motorcycle accident on East Greenbrook Road in North Caldwell ended up sending the driver to the hospital after he crashed his vehicle into a utility pole.
At 6:50am this morning, a rider driving a motorcycle alluded police on Bloomfield Avenue.
On East Greenbrook Road, the motorcyclist hit a utility pole, seriously injuring himself. The accident occurred just before the intersection of Woodland Avenue.
Medivac helicopter, Hackensack Air 1, landed at Essex County Airport in
Fairfield at 7:28am to transport the patient to St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson. The Fairfield Fire Department and West Essex First Aid Squad were also on scene.
At this time, there is no information from police as the investigation continues into the accident. Saturday morning, East Greenbrook Road was closed between Central and Woodland Avenues.
LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Friday, at about 11:51apm, the Little Falls Police and Fire Department responded to RigaTony's Italian Restaurant after a Mercedes had driven up onto the front sidewalk, crashing a dining table through the establishment's front window.
"An 84-year-old Cedar Grove woman hit the gas pedal instead of the brake when pulling into the handicapped parking space at RigaTony’s," explained Little Falls Police Detective Sergeant James D. Briggs, to West Essex NOW. "The glass to the restaurant was broken and there is a crack on the building exterior."
The owner, Vincent, reported that the restaurant was closed for about an hour and a half and by 12:30pm was back to serving customers.
No charges were filed regarding the incident and no injuries were reported.
RigaTony’s is located at 101 Rt. 23, Little Falls.
Updated: 3:43pm Thursday
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - At 11:50am Thursday, the West Caldwell Police and West Caldwell Fire departments responded to the scene of a home on Westover Avenue. Public Service Gas and Electric (PSEG) had contacted the township after a call came into them from a private contractor who was doing a water main replacement near the home.
According to West Caldwell Police Chief Michael J. Bramhall, the workers did hit a gas line and the police and fire departments responded immediately after they received notification.
PSEG was able to repair the gas leak and there was no need for any evacuations. Westover Avenue will continue to be closed until the water main project is repaired.