Ralik Hansen, 28, has been charged with robbery following the
January 31 smash-and-grab of a Cartier store on Manhattan's Fifth
Avenue, the FBI said in a press release. He remained at large, the
Hansen also is accused of participating in at least two robberies in
New Jersey and Virginia, the FBI said.
"Hansen is a member of a violent interstate robbery crew from
Brooklyn and has family in the state of Georgia and the country of
Panama," the statement said.
Authorities say Hansen was one of five masked men who stormed the
Cartier store and used hammers to smash glass displays and grab more
than $700,000 worth of watches before disappearing into crowds of
midday shoppers and tourists on Fifth Avenue.
Four other people have been arrested in connection with the Cartier
robbery and linked to the crime ring, the FBI said. The crew's
high-profile heists included a smash-and-grab attack on a jewelry
store inside the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City last
July, authorities said.
A day after the Cartier robbery, two of the suspects were arrested
in Brooklyn while wearing the stolen watches, police said.
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The other two suspects were arrested by New York City police in
Allen Williams, 35; Roberto Grant, 33; Terrell Ratliff, 22; and
Tyrone DeHoyos, 35, have all been charged with interstate robbery,
conspiracy and other charges, the FBI said.
Hansen's whereabouts remained unknown, and the FBI and New York City
police said they were seeking information leading to his arrest and
offering a "significant" reward.
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere and Chris Francescani;
Jeffrey Benkoe and Steve Orlofsky)
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