Newark man pleads guilty to 17 armed robberies in Union, Essex and Bergen counties

NEWARK – A Newark man today admitted committing 17 armed robberies of commercial establishments throughout Union, Essex, and Bergen counties, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced.

Bobby Dawson, 30, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William Walls to a three-count Information charging him with committing an armed carjacking, conspiring to commit Hobbs Act robberies and discharging a firearm during the commission of one of those robberies.

According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Dawson conspired with others to rob commercial establishments as follows:

Pao Da Terra in Newark on Dec. 29, 2012

Lukoil in Newark on Jan. 20, 2013

Newark Community Pharmacy in Newark on Jan. 24, 2013

Linden Stationary in Linden on Feb. 1, 2013

Delta Gas Station in Newark on Feb. 1, 2013

Shoppers Express in Belleville on Feb. 2, 2013

Krauzer’s in Kearney on Feb. 10, 2013

Krauzer’s in Bloomfield on Feb. 13, 2013

Pat’s Deli in Newark on Feb. 19, 2013

Smashburger in Paramus on March 16, 2013

Krauzer’s in Bloomfield on March 29, 2013

MS &K Confectionery in Maplewood on April 1, 2013

Belleville News and Food in Belleville on April 17, 2013

South Wood Discount Liquor in Linden on April 17, 2013

Krauzer’s in West Orange on April 24, 2013

Newark Community Pharmacy in Newark on May 1, 2013

Subway Restaurant in Verona on May 20, 2013

Dawson and his conspirators robbed each of these establishments at gunpoint, stealing cash, cigarettes and other items. In 15 of the 17 robberies, Dawson and his conspirators used zip-ties or duct tape to restrain their victims.

In the MS & K robbery on April 1, 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.

In the robbery of Krauzer’s in West Orange on April 24, Dawson and his 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.

The armed carjacking to which Dawson pleaded guilty is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 15 years in prison. The Hobbs Act conspiracy to which Dawson pleaded guilty is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison.

The charge of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence is punishable by a maximum penalty of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, which must run consecutively to any other prison term. Each count also carries a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss arising out of the offense. Sentencing is scheduled for March 11.

Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron Ford in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked the Belleville, Bloomfield, Kearny, Linden, Maplewood, Newark, Paramus, Verona and West Orange police departments, along with the N.J. State Police and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for their work on this case.