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19 years in federal prison for Paramus Smashburger robber

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UPDATE: A Newark man who robbed a Smashburger in Paramus — binding employees with zip ties — was sentenced to 225 months in federal prison today for participating in 17 holdups of stores in four counties last year.

Bobby Dawson, 31, got the sentence in exchange for a guilty plea to armed hijacking, conspiracy and a shooting during one of the holdups.

It was the same deal obtained by accomplice James “Rhino” Darby in July.

The March 13, 2013 holdup in Paramus was one of a spree of armed robberies of pharmacies, sandwich shops and other small businesses committed by the crew in Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Union counties, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said.

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

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Paramus police officer managed to shoot at a fleeing suspect, killing him, after being struck and landing on the hood of the getaway car in an aborted burglary of a Paramus cellphone store on Route 4 this morning, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said. READ MORE….

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In a April 1, 2013 robbery of MS&K Confectionary in Maplewood, Dawson threatened the clerk with a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun, then fired a shot and ordered the clerk to lie down before taking $9,000 from the cash register, Fishman said.

Fishman credited special agents of the FBI with the investigation. He also thanked the Belleville, Bloomfield, Kearny, Linden, Maplewood, Newark, Paramus, Verona and West Orange police departments, along with the NJ. State Police and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, for their work on the case.

Representing the government are Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jamari Buxton and Rahul Agarwal of Fishman’s Criminal Division in Newark.

Dawson & Co. holdups (SOURCE: NJ U.S. Attorney’s Office, Newark)

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