"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