"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: