Grand jury indicts 3 in string of robberies

Grand jury indicts 3 in string of robberies
Ali Ahmad El Hawa, Jeremiah Nicholas and Alisia Riney

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Three people have been indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury in connection with a string of robberies in Watertown last winter.

Indicted were 21 year old Alisia Riney and 21 year old Jeremiah Nicholas, who formerly lived on Fort Drum, and 20 year old Ali Ahmad El Hawa of Germantown, Maryland.

When they were arrested in March, police said Riney and Nicholas were Army deserters and El Hawa was in the process of being discharged.

The robberies took place between February and March of 2019.

The first was at 135 Scio Street on February 16, where three people entered the home and forcibly stole cash after attacking a 31 year old man. The victim sought treatment for his injuries.

The second incident was February 26 at 735 West Main Street. Three people entered the home and hit a 23 year old man on the head with handguns two of the suspects wielded. The man was also punched and kicked. The suspects stole cash and other property before fleeing. That victim also sought medical treatment.

In the third robbery, at least three people forced their way into an apartment at 325 Coffeen Street on March 4. Several people were inside. At least one of the intruders was armed and the suspects forcibly stole money from a 31 year old man.

Riney was charged with first-degree burglary for the Scio Street and West Main Street robberies.

Nicholas was charged with first-degree burglary for the West Main Street robbery.

El Hawa was charged with first-degree burglary for the Scio Street and West Main Street robbery and second-degree robbery for the Coffeen Street robbery.

The grand jury indicted Riney on 7 counts, including:

-first-degree robbery

-second-degree robbery

-first-degree burglary

-second-degree burglary

-2 counts of second-degree assault

-second-degree menacing

Nicholas was indicted on 12 counts, including:

-first-degree robbery

-second-degree robbery

-first-degree burglary

-2 counts of second-degree assault

-second-degree menacing

-fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon

-2 counts petit larceny

-2 counts fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property

-fourth-degree criminal mischief

The grand jury indicted El Hawa on 23 counts, including:

-first-degree robbery

-4 counts of second-degree robbery

-first-degree burglary

-2 counts second-degree burglary

-2 counts of second-degree assault

-second-degree menacing

-fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon

-3 counts petit larceny

-4 counts criminal possession of stolen property

-criminal mischief

-endangering the welfare of a child

-2 counts harassment

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