Queens Man, Manuel Guzman Breton Charged with Eight Robberies of Grocery Stores and Other Businesses
(STL.News) A complaint was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Manuel Guzman Breton with eight counts of Hobbs Act robbery in connection with the robberies of eight grocery stores, laundromats, and other businesses during the month of April 2021. An employee was injured during one of the robberies.
Mark J. Lesko, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, John B. DeVito, Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Dermot F. Shea, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the arrest and charges.
“As alleged, Guzman Breton embarked on a one-man crime spree to rob and terrorize hard-working store clerks and employees while armed with a knife or a boxcutter,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Lesko. “This Office and our partners at the ATF and the NYPD relentlessly pursued this serial armed robber and, by bringing him to justice, stopped him from inflicting further harm on businesses in our communities.” Mr. Lesko expressed his appreciation to the NYPD detectives and ATF special agents assigned to the ATF/NYPD Robbery Task Force for their investigative work.