Spring Valley Man Convicted of Knifepoint Robbery

Picture 1Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe announced this week that 30-year-old Andrew Baxter of 37 Memorial Park Drive, Spring Valley, New York was convicted after a jury trial of one count of robbery in the first degree, a class “B” felony; one count of robbery in the second degree, a class “C” felony; and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a class “A” misdemeanor relating to a knifepoint robbery in Spring Valley.

On June 26, 2012, Baxter and co‐defendant 32-year-old Paul Giddens of 12 Aeslin Drive, Spring Valley, New York, robbed the Pitstop Deli on South Central Avenue in the Village of Spring Valley, Zugibe said. During a three‐day trial, several witnesses outlined details of crimes. Jury deliberations lasted approximately one hour. Baxter faces a determinate state prison sentence between 10 years and 25 years when he is sentenced on July 22, 2013.

He was remanded to the Rockland County Jail. Giddens was convicted of felony counts of robbery and a misdemeanor count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in April. Supervising Assistant District Attorney Dominic Crispino prosecuted the case.