Bobby Dawson, of Newark, Sentenced to 225 Months in Jail as the Second Man Involved in Verona Subway Armed Robbery and Six-Month Crime Spree
NEWARK, NJ - Bobby Dawson, 31, of Newark, was sentenced Wednesday to almost 19 years in jail (225 months) for committing 17 armed robberies throughout Essex, Hudson, and Union counties during a six-month period in 2013. U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced that Dawson was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to one armed carjacking, one robbery and one count of discharging a firearm. His partner, Jamar Darby, 27, also known as "Rhino," was sentenced in July to 225 months as well. The crime spree included Krauszers, West Orange, on April 24, 2013, and the Verona Subway armed robbery on the night of May 20, 2013. In addition to his prison term, Dawson was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release and made to pay $72,518 in restitution.
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 Dawson and his conspirators robbed each establishment at gunpoint, stealing cash, cigarettes and other items. In 15 of the 17 robberies, they used zip ties or duct tape to restrain their victims.
On Jan. 1, 2013, Dawson and others agreed to steal a Mitsubishi Gallant parked on
Underwood Street in Newark. Before driving away with the car, Dawson and his conspirators brandished multiple firearms to subdue the driver, with one conspirator using his firearm to strike the driver in the head.
Pat’s Deli, Newark
During the Pat’s Deli robbery on Feb. 19, 2013, Dawson and a conspirator restrained several victims with duct tape after threatening one victim with a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun.
MS&K Confectionery, Maplewood
In the MS&K robbery on April 1, 2013, Dawson threatened the clerk of the store with a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun. When the clerk resisted, Dawson fired his gun at the clerk, ordered the clerk to lie down and then stole $9,000 from the cash register.
Krauszers, West Orange
In the robbery of Krauszers in West Orange on April 24, 2013, Dawson and a conspirator tied up three individuals in the store with zip-ties before stealing approximately $600 and several cartons of cigarettes. Dawson injured a store employee by hitting the victim in the head with his firearm.
Subway Robbery, Verona
According to the Attorney General, on Monday, May 20, around 11 p.m., Darby brandished a handgun as he, Dawson and another man entered the Verona Subway located at 45 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona. Dawson 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. One of the men was shown 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.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark, with the investigation. He also thanked the Belleville, Bloomfield, Kearny, Linden, Maplewood, Newark, Paramus, Verona and West Orange police departments, along with the New Jersey 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 defense counsel is Assistant Federal Public Defender Candace Hom Esq., of Newark.