Six Charged Over Armed Robberies in Cell Phone Stores

Defendants allegedly engaged in over 30 armed robberies and attempted armed robberies in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Raymond W. Kelly, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York (“NYPD”), announced today the unsealing of an Indictment charging six members of an armed robbery crew operating in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, with robbery conspiracy and firearms offenses.
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Five of the defendants charged in the Indictment – HENRY JAMES, EDWARD MATTHEWS, KELVIN GREEN, UNTRA JONES JR., and TYRELL JONES – were previously charged by complaint in September 2013.  Of the five defendants charged in September 2013, all but HENRY JAMES were previously arrested, remanded, and remain in custody.  JAMES and previously uncharged defendant JEROME ORTIZ were arrested on Wednesday and presented before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas yesterday.  JAMES and ORTIZ were detained.

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