String of Robberies Nets Man Eight to Twenty Years in State Prison

November 19, 2018- Commonwealth v. Jabri Brown:  Jabri Brown, 25 of Harrisburg, was sentenced to eight to twenty years by Judge Scott Arthur Evans after Brown pleaded guilty to eight robberies that date back to the summer of 2015.  Between May 27 and July 7 of 2015, Brown robbed ice cream parlors, pizza shops and other stores in the Harrisburg area.  Several police departments worked together in solving the cases.  The investigation was ultimately led by Lt. Tim Shatto of the Swatara Police Department

In July of 2015 the police were able to arrest co-defendant Adam Mendes who was on state parole at the time.  When police compared Mendes’ state parole electronic monitoring with the robberies, it was evident that Mendes was involved as the driver.  Mendes then admitted that he drove Brown to each of the eight robberies.  Police were then able to compare Brown’s cell phone records to the robberies and it was apparent that he was at each of the locations.  No one was injured during any of the robberies but a handgun was used by Brown to threaten the victims.  Mendes was likewise sentenced to a six to fifteen year state sentence for his role. 

The cases were prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Stephen R. Zawisky.  Zawisky commended the police work of the following departments:  Swatara, Susquehanna, Lower Paxton, Silver Spring and State Parole. 

Zawisky stated: “Together, the officers involved developed a very strong case against both Mendes and Brown.  Good old fashioned police work using circumstantial evidence solved this case and resulted in two very dangerous men going to state prison for a lengthy period of time.”