WEST ORANGE, NJ - Bobby Dawson, 30, of Newark, plead guilty on Thursday, Nov. 21 to committing 17 armed robberies throughout Essex, Bergen, and Union Counties, including an armed robbery at the Central Avenue Krauszers in West Orange on April 24. The announcement came from United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman and the New Jersey Department of Justice on Thursday.

On April 24, three Krauszer's employees were tied and bound and the store robbed by Dawson and another individual. One of the employees was hit in the head with a handgun; several cartons of cigarettes and about $600 in cash were taken. Maplewood shopkeeper was shot in the chest on April 1 and a Verona Subway was robbed on May 20 by three gunmen, including Dawson.

Crime History
In addition to the West Orange robbery, Dawson admitted to crimes in Newark,  Linden, Belleville, Bloomfield, Paramus, Kearny, Maplewood and Verona:
  • Dec. 29, 2012
    Pao Da Terra, Newark
  • Jan. 20, 2013
    Lukoil, Newark
  • Jan. 24, 2013
    Newark Community Pharmacy, Newark
  • Feb. 1, 2013
    Linden Stationary, Linden
    Delta Gas Station, Newark
  • Feb. 2, 2013
    Shoppers Express, Belleville
  • Feb. 10, 2013
    Krauszers, Kearny 
  • Feb. 13, 2013
    Krauszers, Bloomfield 
  • Feb. 19, 2013
    Pat’s Deli, Newark
  • March 16, 2013
    Smashburger, Paramus
  • March 29, 2013
    Krauszers, Bloomfield
  • April 1, 2013
    MS&K Confectionery, Maplewood
    Maplewood shopkeeper shot in the chest
  • April 17, 2013
    Belleville News and Food, Belleville
    South Wood Discount Liquor, Linden
  • April 24, 2013
    Krauszers, West Orange
  • May 1, 2013
    Newark Community Pharmacy, Newark
  • May 20, 2013
    Subway Restaurant, Verona 

Dawson plead guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls to a "three-count Information charging him with committing an armed carjacking, conspiring to commit Hobbs Act robberies and discharging a firearm during the commission of one of those robberies" according to the release issued by the NJ Department of Justice. 

The serious nature of the crimes, which involved the use of firearms, carjacking, and bodily harm can bring sentences ranging from a maximum of 15 years to life. The armed carjacking can bring a maximum of 15 years; the Hobbs Act, a maximum of 20 years; and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence brings a mandatory sentence of ten years which must run consecutively to any other prison term, and has a maximum sentence of life. Each count also carries a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss arising out of the offense. Dawson is scheduled for sentencing on March 11, 2014

U.S. Attorney Fishman acknowledged the efforts of the FBI under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark, for their efforts in the investigation that brought about Dawson's guilty plea. He also acknowledged the efforts of the Belleville, Bloomfield, Kearny, Linden, Maplewood, Newark, Paramus, Verona and West Orange police departments, along with the N.J. State Police and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for their work on this case.