NEW HAVEN – A city man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to charges that he robbed a Hamden business at gunpoint last year.
Rashon Gray, also known as “Loke,” 24, of New Haven, pleaded guilty to one count of Hobbs Act Robbery, an offense that carries a maximum term of 20 years.
From the federal District Court release:
According to court documents and statements made in court, at approximately 4:22 p.m. on April 27, 2016, two men and two women, who had their head and faces partially concealed, entered the Game X Change in Hamden. One of the men pulled out a gun and ordered the store’s three employees to get down on the ground.
The man with the gun put his foot on an employee’s back and pressed the gun against the employee’s head and neck, threatening to kill the employee if he did not give him money and the keys to the display case. The employee complied and the four suspects took several items, including cell phones, an iPad, an iPod, “Beats” headphones, and a cash box that contained $830. The four ran out of the store to a waiting car.
Investigators subsequently identified Gray as the individual who brandished the firearm and threatened the store employee.
Graty was on state probation at the time of the offense. On May 6, 2016, police and probation officers found him in possession of a cell phone that was taken during the robbery and his probation was revoked. He has been detained in federal custody since his arrest on July 21, 2017.
Judge Janet Bond Arterton scheduled sentencing for Feb. 26, 2018.
Four others have been charged and convicted as a result of this investigation. On Nov. 27, Daris Snow, also known as “Eagle,” 25, of New Haven, pleaded guilty to similar charges.
This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Hamden Police Department, with the assistance of the New Haven Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale.