Rochester N.Y. Man Receives 19-Year Sentence for Targeting Drug Dealers in Violent Home Invasions

Rochester, NY - In a recent announcement, U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross revealed that Robert Forbes, Jr., also known as Ra Ra or Henny, aged 37 and hailing from Rochester, NY, has been sentenced to serve 228 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. Forbes faced charges related to his involvement in four separate home invasions targeting drug dealers in Rochester and Greece,  NY. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola, who handled the case, detailed Forbes' actions between February 18 and March 26, 2020. Forbes collaborated with others in planning, recruiting participants, gathering and providing information about suspected controlled substances or money from drug sales in targeted residences. Forbes also facilitated transportation to and from these locations and supplied a firearm for use during the home invasions. Some of these incidents involved restraining individuals, pistol-whipping, and causing injuries. 

Forbes' arrest on April 1, 2020, occurred after a 13-minute car chase in the City of Rochester, leading to charges of two counts of Hobbs Act Robbery and two counts of Attempted Hobbs Act Robbery. 

The sentencing reflects the conclusion of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), led by Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Miraglia, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. DeVito, New York Field Division, and the Rochester Police Department, directed by Chief David Smith. 

This case underscores the collaborative efforts of federal and local law enforcement agencies to address violent criminal activities, particularly those targeting drug dealers. The sentencing aims to send a strong message about the serious consequences individuals face when engaging in such dangerous criminal behavior. 

Forbes' 19-year prison term serves as a deterrent against violent crimes, emphasizing the commitment of law enforcement to protect communities from individuals involved in home invasions and related criminal activities.


DATA SOURCE: Western District of New York | Rochester man going to prison for 19 years for four home invasions targeting drug dealers | United States Department of Justice