A NY man recently pleaded guilty to criminal charges stemming from a crime spree in Passaic County, New Jersey.
The suspect is a 19-year-old man from Suffern, New York. According to federal prosecutors, he participated in the armed robbery of a bar in Hawthorne, NJ. Additionally, the suspect reportedly committed a carjacking in Paterson, NJ.
The suspect is one of six men who have been accused of playing roles in the crime spree. The other suspects are from Ridgewood, Waldwick, and Suffern.
Authorities said that the suspects committed a robbery at the RD Benders Tavern in Hawthorne on December 25, 2015. They allegedly stole $200 in cash.
The following day, the suspects allegedly kidnapped a taxi driver and then violently assaulted him with a beer bottle and a knife. The suspects reportedly slit the victim s throat and then left him for dead.
Now the Suffern NY suspect is likely headed to federal prison. He reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit robbery, carjacking, and kidnapping. When the suspect returns to U.S. District Court in Newark NJ on June 27, he will be sentenced. It is possible that the judge could sentence the suspect to life imprisonment.
For further information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Man Admits Role in Bar Robbery, Taxi Driver Carjacking.”