Defendants: Kareem Johnakin  (DOB  02/07/72); Patrick Williams (DOB 12/09/66)

April 2, 2019 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that 

Kareem Johnakin of Bethlehem, PA and his co-defendant Patrick Williams of Brooklyn pleaded guilty to charges related to burglarizing several Yonkers and New Rochelle businesses in the spring and summer of 2017. Williams entered his plea March 7, 2019, and Johnakin entered his plea just as his jury trial was set to begin yesterday in Westchester County Criminal Court.

Specifically, Williams pleaded guilty to five counts of Burglary in the Third Degree, class D felonies, before Judge Barry Warhit for all five of the commercial burglaries listed in the indictment (below). He will be sentenced as a predicate felon May 10, 2019, to a maximum sentence of 3.5 to 7 years in state prison on each count.

Johnakin pleaded guilty to one count of Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony, April 1, 2019, before Judge David S. Zuckerman. He faces 2-1/3 to 7 years in state prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced July 10, 2019.

From May to August 2017, Williams and Johnakin broke into four food markets and a restaurant in the early hours of the morning (dates below) and stole money before leaving the scene. In four out of the five incidents, the defendants entered food markets by forcibly pushing up metal roll-down gates and, in most cases, sliding underneath them. In the restaurant burglary, they smashed a glass door to get in.

Locations of incidents and approximate amounts of stolen money:

  • May 12, 2017 — Yonkers Farm Market, 1101 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers = $4,700
  • July 2, 2017 — Rainbow Fish Market, 482 Main St., New Rochelle = $3,300
  • July 6, 2017 — Green Dragon Restaurant, 150 North Avenue, New Rochelle = less than $1,000
  • July 6, 2017 — Saw Mill Market, 317 Saw Mill River Road, Yonkers = $13,300
  • Aug. 3, 2017 -- Te Amo store at 321 Saw Mill River Road, Yonkers = 0, defendants scared off by alarm

The investigation was conducted with the assistance of Yonkers and New Rochelle Police Departments and the Westchester Intelligence Center.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Adrian Murphy of the Investigations Division and Matthew McCarty of the Superior Court Trial Division.

Kareem Johnakin

Patrick Williams
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