For Immediate Release
Queens Man Pleads Guilty to Six Gunpoint Robberies
Defendant Targeted Gas Stations and Convience Stores in Queens
Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Sean Jack pleaded guilty to a Hobbs Act robbery conspiracy and multiple Hobbs Act robberies as well as to brandishing firearms during the commission of robberies. The charges arise from Jack’s role in robbing six gas stations and convenience stores in Queens, New York. Today’s plea took place before United States Magistrate Judge Vera M. Scanlon.
Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent-in-Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New York Field Division (ATF), and James P. O’Neill, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the plea.
“As he has now admitted, Sean Jack participated in numerous armed robberies including one in which an employee of a gas station was pistol-whipped,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “Combatting gun-related crime is a priority of this Office and, together with our law enforcement partners, we will work tirelessly to prosecute criminals like the defendant who terrorize hard-working citizens of our community.”
Each of the robberies followed the same pattern. The defendant and a co-conspirator would enter the store or gas station and shop for various items. After bringing their selections to the counter, one of the robbers would brandish a firearm while the second robber would take money from the cash register. In each of the robberies, one or both of the robbers wore a wig.
When sentenced, Jack faces up to life and a minimum of seven years in prison.
The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Section. Assistant United States Attorneys Nicholas Moscow and Erin Reid are in charge of the prosecution.
Jamaica, New York
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 17-CR-569 (RRM)