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Greenwich Rolex robber arrested in China

August 29, 2017

GREENWICH — Naquan Ferguson was given two weeks to get his affairs in order before going to prison for a 2011 Greenwich jewelry store robbery.

He never came back to court in 2014, and went on the lam.

Now Ferguson, 31, described as the “mastermind” of a robbery of Rolex watches from Greenwich’s Lux Bond & Green jewelry store, is back in custody.

Ferguson had been hiding out in Asia, where he was recently picked up by the U.S. Marshals Service. Superior Court officials in Stamford confirmed that the wanted felon was back in custody, behind bars in New York.

The South China Morning Post, an English-language daily newspaper based in Hong Kong, carried news of Ferguson’s arrest late last week, citing a report by the state-run news agency Xinhua. The Hong Kong newspaper ran a photo of Ferguson in handcuffs accompanied by a U.S. Marshal.

In 2014, Ferguson made a deal with state prosecutors, pleading guilty to armed robbery with the threat of a weapon, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and first-degree larceny charges. He was given a sentence of eight-and-one-half years in jail, followed by nine-and-one-half years of special parole.

Ferguson, freed after posting a $200,000 bond, took off before he was due to report for prison in 2014. He now faces a 60-year maximum sentence for the crimes he pleaded guilty to, as well as additional penalties for his escape from custody.

The robbery took place just before 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 23, 2011, when a man, later identified as Raymond Nunes, walked into the Greenwich Avenue store and passed a note saying, “I’m holding. Give me your watches.” He left with five watches valued at $60,000.

Greenwich police stopped the getaway car and arrested Nunes and another accomplice, Steven Carballo. Four of the five watches were recovered.

Ferguson, originally from Brooklyn, was eventually collared in Texas and brought back to Connecticut. State prosecutors said he was the originator of the robbery.

Greenwich police Lt. David Nemecek said town police would be working with state and federal agencies in coming weeks to close the case against Ferguson. “There’s a process, the state works with the Justice Department,” he said.

Ferguson was turned over at the Guangzhou International Airport in China on Friday.

It was unclear what Ferguson was doing while he was in Asia. The U.S. Justice Department had asked for help from the Chinese police in tracking the fugitive down, the China News Service reported.

He is due in Superior Court Sept. 6.

rmarchant@greenwichtime.com