Police Blotter: Robbery Suspect Arrested

PLANT CITY, Fla. — The Plant City Police Department is investigating a kidnapping, robbery, and battery incident that occurred on several dates sometime between April and June of this year. 

  • Several suspects arrested in violent kidnapping, robbery attack

  • Hispanic victims lured to home were robbed, beaten, kidnapped

  • Four people arrested, fifth has warrant for arrest

According to the police department, several Hispanic males were robbed, beaten, and kidnapped at a home in the 900 block of West Risk Street. 

According to the affidavit, the victims were lured to the home, via social media, under the assumption that they were going to hang out with an attractive female. 

Officials said the victims were met at the driveway by the female and then brought inside.  Once inside they were robbed, viciously tortured, and beaten by several people.  The victims were also held against their will and told if they did not cooperate with the suspects, their families would be harmed, the report stated.

The suspects then drove the victims, in the victims' vehicles, throughout Plant City where they were forced to remove money from their bank accounts. 

The suspects released the victims after obtaining all their money, however, they kept the victims' vehicles. 

Five suspects were identified and four have been arrested so far: Thomas Nolasco, 23, Joshua Rodriguez, 21, Carina Bailon, 20, and Melissa Long, 27. 

The fifth suspect, James Smith, 19, has an active warrant for his arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mark Dunnam at 813-757-9200. 

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