East Orange Man Admits Armed Robbery of Passaic Club

An East Orange man today admitted his role in the September 2015 armed robbery of a club in Passaic, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Shaheed Blamahsah, a/k/a “Aboo,” 29, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court to a two-count information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Sept. 6, 2015, Blamahsah and at least two other conspirators agreed to rob a club in Passaic at gunpoint.

During his plea hearing, Blamahsah admitted that he knowingly and willfully participated in the robbery and that he and another conspirator brandished a firearm and threatened to use violence against a club employee. He also admitted that he and the other conspirator took $26,084 in cash from the club before fleeing in a getaway car.

The count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence carries a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison and that sentence must be consecutive to any other sentence imposed. The Hobbs Act conspiracy charge carries a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gain or loss from the offense.

Blamahsah’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 11, 2017.

Blamahsah was originally charged with Jimmy Cooper, a/k/a “Flip,” 32, of Irvington, and Keontrae Lawrence, a/k/a “Taz,” 28, of South Orange, in November 2016. Cooper and Lawrence were indicted by a federal grand jury on March 24, 2017 for their alleged roles in the robbery of the Passaic club.

The charges against Cooper and Lawrence are merely allegations, and they are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.