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Paramus Smashburger robber gets nearly 19 years in federal prison for holdup spree

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Newark man who robbed a Smashburger in Paramus — binding employees with zip ties — was sentenced to nearly 19 years in federal prison today.

The March 13, 2013 holdup in Paramus was one of 14 armed robberies of pharmacies, sandwich shops and other small businesses that 27-year-old James “Rhino” Darby admitted committing with a crew of accomplices in Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Union counties.

Darby and his accomplices stole cash, cigarettes and other items at gunpoint. In 13 of the 14 robberies, they used zip ties or duct tape to restrain their victims.

Besides the 225 months behind bars, Darby was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $73,324 in restitution.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. 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.

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