A Westchester man who committed a string of knife-point robberies and a car jacking of cab drivers was charged in Manhattan Federal court on Monday, according to Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Mount Vernon resident Allanmon Mavumkal, 30, conducted a spree of robberies involving at least 10 livery cabs in the Bronx, Mount Vernon and Yonkers, during which he robbed the cab drivers of cash, personal items, and their cabs at knife-point, according to Kim.
“As alleged, Allanmon Mavumkal preyed on innocent livery cab drivers who had the misfortune of responding to Mavumkal’s call for a ride," Kim said. "Protecting hardworking New Yorkers from acts of violence is always a priority of this Office.”
ATF Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan M. Benedict said: “Mavumkal is alleged to have engaged in a pattern of armed robberies and carjackings of taxi drivers, extending from the Bronx to Mount Vernon and Yonkers. Over the course of barely a month, he allegedly repeatedly preyed on hard-working New Yorkers trying to do nothing more than to earn an honest living. Today’s charges send a clear message that we and our law enforcement partners stand at the ready to bring violent offenders to justice.”
According to the allegations in the complaint unsealed in Manhattan federal court, Mavumkal hailed a livery cab in the Bronx on Sept. 21, and directed the driver to a particular destination. After arriving at the drop-off location, Mavumkal threatened the driver with a large knife, which was captured on video from the cab, ordered the driver out of the cab, and then drove away in the cab. The investigation is continuing.
Mavumkal is charged with one count of Hobbs Act robbery, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Kim praised the outstanding investigative work of the ATF and the NYPD.
If you believe you were a victim of this crime, including a victim entitled to restitution, and you wish to provide information to law enforcement and/or receive notice of future developments in the case or additional information, please contact Wendy Olsen-Clancy, the Victim Witness Coordinator at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, at (866) 874-8900, or Wendy.Olsen@usdoj.gov. For additional information, go to usdoj.gov/usao/nys/victimwitness.html .
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