WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A Mahopac man was sentenced to two concurrent terms of 10 years in prison last week in Westchester County for the attempted armed robbery of a New Rochelle drug store last July.
Westchester County Court Judge Michael Martinelli sentenced Brian Dias, 32, to the 10-year prison term along with five years’ post-release supervision. In October 2018, Dias pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery, a Class C violent felony, and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C violent felony.
Dias’s codefendant, Tiana Spearmon, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a class D violent felony. Her sentencing was postponed to March 7.
On July 13, 2018, at approximately 3:15 p.m., Dias and Spearmon drove to the Main Street Pharmacy at 761 Main St. in New Rochelle. While Spearmon waited in the car, Dias went into the store, put on a black mask and gloves and pulled out a loaded handgun. He pointed the gun at the pharmacist and demanded cash. The pharmacist refused, telling Dias in substance, “Just shoot me, then.” No shots were fired.
Dias left the store without taking anything. On his way out, he dropped a black left-handed glove, which officers from the New Rochelle Police Department later recovered.
Dias and Spearmon’s vehicle was captured on video as it traveled through New Rochelle. Police were able to identify the license plate and used that information to locate the suspects and arrest them on July 22. Officers executed a search warrant on the suspects’ car and recovered the loaded firearm, the mask and the matching right-handed glove.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Timothy Ward and Assistant District Attorney Craig Ascher of the Superior Court Trial Division, along with Assistant District Attorney James Tobin of the New Rochelle Branch of the District Attorney’s Office.