Three Brooklyn men were arrested Thursday by the FBI in connection with the 2012 armed robberies of T-Mobile stores in Woodbridge and Linden, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Terrell McQueen, 29, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and two counts of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Carl Williams, 29, and Eric Williams, 32, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit robbery and one count of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
All three defendants were scheduled to appear Thursday in Newark federal court.
On Sept. 20, 2012, Carl Williams and a conspirator walked into a T-Mobile store in Linden. The conspirator brandished a firearm, and the men then tied up the employees in the back of the store. After taking 50 to 60 cell phones, the men fled in a Land Rover. Terrell McQueen, Carl Williams, Eric Williams, and other conspirators then delivered the stolen cell phones to a cellphone store in Brooklyn.
The Woodbridge T-Mobile store was robbed on Oct. 2. According to the complaint, two men, one of whom was armed with a firearm, entered the store. After locking the front door, the men took the employees to the back of th estore and tied them up.
Approximately 40 cell phones were stolen. One of the men then used his own cell phone to contact a third individual, who acted as the getaway man by driving the other two away in a Land Rover.
Terrell McQueen, Eric Williams, and other conspirators later delivered the stolen cell phones to the same cell phone store in Brooklyn.
If convicted of the Hobbs Act conspiracy charges, McQueen, Carl Williams, and EricWilliams face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. For the use of a firearm, McQueen faces if convicted a mandatory minimum of 32 years in prison to run consecutively to any sentence that he receives for the Hobbs Act conspiracy charge and a maximum of life in prison, as well as a fine of up to $250,000. If convicted of the use of a firearm in furthering a violent crime, Carl Williams and Eric Williams each face a mandatory minimum of seven years in prison to run consecutively with other jail time.