In a series of brazen incidents that gripped Spring Valley, an armed robbery suspect who targeted multiple establishments has been apprehended by law enforcement authorities. Adham Mohamed El-Gamal, a 40-year-old resident of Harriman, New York, was arrested during the early morning hours of July 12th after an extensive investigation conducted by the Spring Valley Police Department and the FBI New York Westchester Safe Streets Task Force.
The crime spree began in the early hours of July 10th when the Spring Valley Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Next Gas Station located on 146 N. Main St. According to the victim, a masked white male entered the premises and brandished a handgun, demanding money from the register. The compliant victim handed over the cash, and the suspect made his escape, leaving authorities with limited leads.
Later that same day, at approximately 11 AM, the suspect struck again. This time, he targeted Jac-Variedades Inc. located at 75 N Main St. in Spring Valley. Demanding money from an employee, the suspect was thwarted when the employee quickly pressed the panic button, causing the would-be robber to flee empty-handed.
The spree continued approximately an hour and a half later when the suspect struck the Metro PCS Store at 12 S Central Ave. Displaying a handgun and demanding money, the suspect successfully obtained the cash from the employee before fleeing the scene.
With mounting concern in the community, the Spring Valley Police Department, in collaboration with various law enforcement agencies, embarked on an exhaustive investigation. Their joint efforts and cooperation from agencies such as the New Jersey Transit Police, MTA Police, Suffern Police Department, Rockland County’s District Attorney’s Office, Harriman Police Department, Rockland County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police, Woodbury Police Department, Rockland County Intelligence Center, and the FBI New York Hudson Valley Safe Street Task Force played a vital role in the eventual apprehension of El-Gamal.
During the early morning hours of July 12th, law enforcement located and arrested El-Gamal at his residence in Harriman. Notably, a loaded handgun was discovered and seized at the scene. El-Gamal now faces multiple charges, including two counts of Hobbs Act Robbery, one count of Attempted Hobbs Act Robbery, and federal weapons violations. Following an initial appearance at the Southern District of New York Federal Courthouse in White Plains, he was remanded to federal custody.