DA Vance: Anthony White Sentenced to 150-Years-to-Life in State Prison for Strangling, Robbing Six People

December 3, 2014

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced the sentencing of ANTHONY WHITE, 44, to 150-years-to-life in state prison for the robbery and strangulation assault of six victims in Manhattan subway stations and surrounding areas in August 2011. On September 9, 2014, a jury in New York State Supreme Court convicted WHITE of all charges in the indictment against him, including Robbery in the First, Second, and Third Degrees and Strangulation in the First and Second Degrees.

“Anthony White terrorized the subway system in August 2011, violently attacking innocent and often elderly victims,” said District Attorney Vance. “This prison sentence ensures that this repeat offender will spend the remainder of his life in prison. I would like to thank the victims for having the courage to testify at trial and Judge Ward for ensuring Anthony White can’t harm New Yorkers again.”

As proven at trial, on the morning of August 13, 2011, WHITE attacked a 71-year-old man in the N/R subway station at West 28th Street and Broadway. WHITE choked him until he lost consciousness, and stole $150 from his pocket before fleeing, leaving the victim helpless on the platform. Following the attack, the victim suffered a stroke and had to remain in the hospital for roughly a month for treatment. 

Over the next thirteen days, WHITE attacked five other men, all between the ages of 38 and 85, strangling them from behind and stealing their money and other items. All the attacks took place inside of or near N/R, A/B/C and A/C/E subway stations in Manhattan.

An August 26th attack at the 28th Street N/R station was captured on surveillance video. Three days later, an undercover NYPD transit officer recognized WHITE at the same station and arrested him. 

Assistant District Attorneys Jonathan Rebold and David Drucker, Senior Trial Counsel of Trial Bureau 50, handled the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Warren Murray, Chief of Trial Bureau 50, and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Trial Preparation Assistant Campbell McLaren, II assisted with the case. 

District Attorney Vance thanked members of the NYPD’s Manhattan Transit Robbery Squad, particularly Detective Ernest Dorvil.

Defendant Information:

ANTHONY WHITE, D.O.B. 3/29/1970
Brooklyn, NY

•    Robbery in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count 
•    Strangulation in the First Degree, a class C felony, one count 
•    Robbery in the Second Degree, a class C felony, four counts 
•    Strangulation in the Second Degree, a class D felony, four counts 
•    Robbery in the Third Degree, a class D felony, one count

•    150-years-to-life in state prison