Norristown Man Facing Federal Charges For Uptown's Roo House Tavern Robbery

Marc Viney is facing charges in federal court for allegedly kidnapping, assaulting and robbing the manager of Uptown's Roo House Tavern in July of 2011.

According to a release issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Marc Viney, reportedly with ties to both Norristown and Philadelphia, was charged Thursday, June 21, with robbery, criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime in connection with his role in the robbery of in July of 2011.

According to The Times Herald, at a preliminary hearing in August 2011, Roo House manager Roosevelt Haulcy II testified that he returned home to his apartment on DeKalb Street after closing the bar and was hit from behind and tied up at gunpoint by Viney and another attacker. Haulcy said the men drove him back to the bar where they allegedly stole over $3,000.

Police Sgt. Todd Dillon testified at the preliminary hearing that a "hit list" was found on Viney that included the names, addresses and vehicles driven by intended victims, including Haulcy and his father, Roosevelt Haulcy Sr., owner of the tavern.

Viney faces a host of charges stemming from the crime locally including kidnapping, unlawful restraint, false imprisonement, theft, robbery, burglary, simple and aggravated assault, possession of a firearm and other related offenses.

The federal charges against Viney were brought under The Hobbs Act, which "prohibits actual or attempted robbery or extortion affecting interstate or foreign commerce." If convicted of the federal charges, Viney faces a sentence of 360 months to a maximum of life in prison.

You can download the grand jury's federal indictment of Marc Viney in our PDF section. 


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