Antwon Yarbrough, 27, of Newark pleaded guilty in federal court Dec. 11 to committing two armed robberies, including one at a West Orange convenience store, according to US Attorney Paul Fishman. Yarbrough admitted he worked with accomplices to rob a Krauszers convenience store in the Township on April 24 and a Subway restaurant in Verona on May 20. The robberies were part of a nearly year-long spree undertaken by another city man, Bobby Dawson, 30.
In the Krauszers robbery, Yarbrough and his accomplices entered the store wearing dark hoodies, face masks, and gloves, then secured the door from the inside using a zip tie, while Dawson pointed a firearm at an employee. Dawson restrained the employee with zip ties then struck the employee in the head with the gun. Yarbrough restrained the hands and feet of two other victims, one of whom Yarbrough struck in the head with his forearm.In the Subway robbery, Yarbrough, Dawson and another man entered the restaurant wearing dark hoodies, face masks, and gloves. Both robbers accompanying Yarbrough brandished firearms. After entering the restaurant, the robbers restrained an employee by tying the employee’s hands and feet with zip ties. The robbers then emptied the cash register of several hundred dollars and fled.
Yarbrough faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 when he is sentenced in March 2014.