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Newark Man Charged Friday for Verona Subway Armed Robbery

By CAROLYNE VOLPE CURLEY

June 21, 2013 at 4:21 PM


NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Friday that an arrest has been made in the Verona Subway armed robbery which was first reported by West Essex TAP. FBI special agents arrested Jamar Darby, 26, of Newark at his home Friday morning and charged him with one count of committing a Hobbs Act robbery and one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence. Darby appeared this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court and was held without bail.

It is alleged that 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 Friday, law enforcement searched Darby's residence and a vehicle used by him and found:
 
  • dark NY Yankees hat with white lettering 

  • a pair of dark pants

  • a pair of black boots

  • a black face mask

  • a pair of black gloves

In additions, law enforcement agents obtained Darby's phone records and found that his cell phone indicated that he was in the vicinity of the Subway restaurant at the time of the crime. 

For more details on the original crime, see TAP’s article:

Verona Subway Stormed by Three Armed Robbers Late Monday Night

 
Subway, 45 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona   Credit: Google Maps

String of Armed Robberies
According to the criminal complaint filed today, there were reportedly a number of armed robberies of commercial establishments throughout Essex and Union counties that Darby allegedly participated in between December 2012 and May. To view the original complaint, click here

Penalties
 
  • Hobbs Act charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison
     
  • Firearm during a crime of violence charge carries a maximum potential penalty of life in prison and a mandatory minimum of seven years in prison, which must run consecutively to any other prison term. 
     
  • Each count also carries a maximum $250,000 fine.
Multiple Agencies Involved
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited the following law enforcement officers and agencies for their work on this case
 
  • special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark

  • Belleville Police Department

  • Bloomfield Police Department

  • Kearny Police Department

  • Linden Police Department

  • Maplewood Police Department

  • Newark Police Department

  • Paramus Police Department

  • Verona Police Department

  • New Jersey State Police

  • Essex County Prosecutor’s Office

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jamari Buxton and Rahul Agarwal from the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark while the counsel for the defense is Carl Herman Esq., of West Orange.