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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of New York
For Immediate Release
Trini E. Ross, United States Attorney
Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Rochester Man Going to Prison for 19 Years for Four Home Invasions Targeting Drug Dealers

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Robert Forbes, Jr. aka "Ra Ra" and "Henny," 37, of Rochester, who was convicted of two counts of Hobbs Act Robbery and two counts of Attempted Hobbs Act Robbery, was sentenced to serve 228 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola, who handled the case, stated that between Feb. 18 and March 26, 2020, Forbes participated, with others, in four separate home invasions in Rochester and Greece, NY. Forbes took part in planning, recruiting participants, obtaining and providing information about the suspected presence of controlled substances and/or money derived from the sale of controlled substances in the residences, driving individuals to and from the residences and providing a firearm to use. During some of the home invasions, individuals were restrained, pistol-whipped and/or suffered injuries. Forbes was arrested April 1, 2020, on W. Ridge Road after a 13-minute car chase in the City of Rochester.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Miraglia; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, New York Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. DeVito; and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Smith.


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