Yonkers man guilty in violent robberies and stabbing



WHITE PLAINS – A Yonkers man was found guilty in a bench trial
in Westchester County Court of stabbing a man in the heart and stealing
his backpack. The victim underwent several emergency procedures to save
his life.

Michael Thomas, also known as Laquan Smith, 30, faces up to 25 years in
state prison when sentenced in August.

On July 8, 2015, around 1 a.m., Thomas approached the victim, stabbed
him in the heart and stole his backpack.

Just before that attack, Thomas tried to steal property from another man
in Yonkers. He threatened him with a knife as well.

Yonkers Police arrested Thomas following an intensive investigation.

He was found guilty on two counts of armed robbery, two counts of assault,
one count of attempted robbery and two counts possession of a weapon.

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