A second man from Paterson, New Jersey, has been arrested in connection to a series of armed robberies targeting pharmacies earlier this year. Onijee Burgess, 26, is facing one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery. Burgess made his initial appearance in Newark federal court on Wednesday and was detained.
According to federal authorities, Burgess conspired with Antonio Rivera and others to commit seven separate armed robberies of five different pharmacies in Paterson and Passaic between November 2022 and April 2023. The primary motive behind the robberies was to steal prescription medication.
The charge of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger expressed gratitude to the FBI’s New Jersey field office, as well as the Paterson, Passaic, Clifton, and Cedar Grove Police Departments, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office for their collaboration in this case.