Man Sentenced to 228 Months in Prison for Hobbs Act Robberies

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(WNY News Now) – U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. sentenced a Rochester man to 228 months in prison for his involvement in two Hobbs Act robberies and two attempted Hobbs Act robberies, announced U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross.

Rochester – Robert Forbes, Jr., a 37-year-old resident of Rochester, NY, was sentenced to serve 228 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. The sentencing follows Forbes’ conviction on two counts of Hobbs Act Robbery and two counts of Attempted Hobbs Act Robbery.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola, who handled the case, detailed the criminal activities of Forbes. Between February 18 and March 26, 2020, Forbes, along with accomplices, was involved in four separate home invasions in Rochester and Greece, NY. Forbes played a significant role in the planning, recruitment of participants, obtaining and sharing information about suspected controlled substances or money linked to their sale in targeted residences.

Forbes was implicated in driving individuals to and from the residences and providing firearms for use during these criminal acts. Some of the home invasions resulted in individuals being restrained, pistol-whipped, and suffering injuries. The crimes involved a calculated and violent spree that left victims physically harmed and traumatized.

The arrest of Forbes took place on April 1, 2020, on W. Ridge Road after a 13-minute car chase within the City of Rochester. The arrest marked the end of a law enforcement pursuit to bring Forbes to justice for his role in the series of home invasions.

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