July 27, 2015

New York Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Armed Robbery of Paramus Electronics Store

TRENTON, NJ—A Brooklyn, New York, man was sentenced today to 132 months in prison for participating in the armed robbery of an electronics store in Paramus, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Unique Randolph, 28, previously entered a plea of guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano on May 5, 2014, and his guilty plea was accepted today by U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson. Randolph pleaded guilty to Count Six and Count Seven of a superseding indictment charging him with committing a Hobbs Act robbery and using a firearm in furtherance of that robbery. Judge Thompson imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Jan. 16, 2013, Randolph and another man entered a T-Mobile store in Paramus brandishing a firearm, while Carl Williams, 31, also of Brooklyn, waited outside as a lookout and get-away driver. While the other man brandished a firearm, Randolph escorted three store employees and a customer into the backroom. Randolph forced them to lie on the floor, while he used zip-ties to bind their arms and legs. While the two men were looting cell phones, a UPS employee walked into the backroom and then tried to leave to store. The robbers stopped him at gunpoint and brought him into the backroom. While the other conspirator aimed his firearm at the UPS employee, Randolph forced him to lie on the floor and bound his arms and legs. The two men then fled with the stolen cell phones.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Thompson sentenced Randolph to serve three years of supervised release. Williams pleaded guilty to his role in the robbery and is currently scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 5, 2015.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Linden, Paramus, and Woodbridge police departments, as well as the New York City and Nassau County police departments and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in New York for their work in this case.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Osmar J. Benvenuto of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.