Federal Grand Jury Convicts Man Who Robbed Cab Company Dispatcher at Knifepoint

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HARRISON, NJ – A man who walked into a cab company office to rob it at knifepoint was convicted this week in federal court.

Alfuquan Turner, 46, of Newark was convicted of Hobbs Act robbery following a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court.

On Sept. 23, 2019, Turner walked into the Harrison Cab Company armed with a knife and covering his face with a plastic bag.

“He demanded money from the cab company’s dispatcher. After the victim informed Turner that there was no money in her office, Turner continued his threats and demands. Ultimately, after Turner attempted to stab the victim and the victim fought back, Turner took the victim’s cell phone and attempted to leave,” the Department of Justice said in a statement after the conviction. “When the victim tried to get her phone back, Turner hit her in the face, pushed her to the ground, and asked her if she wanted to die. Turner then choked the victim until she lost consciousness, after which he stole her jewelry, cell phone, and other items.”

The count of Hobbs Act robbery is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 25, 2022.

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