Wednesday, June 26, 2013
HONOLULU - Bob De La Rosa, 31, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison today for robbing four Honolulu businesses in the fall of 2012 in violation of the Hobbs Act, a federal law which prohibits certain robberies affecting interstate commerce. In previously pleading guilty, De La Rosa, a Honolulu resident, had admitted to using a replica handgun to obtain property from four businesses engaged in interstate commerce.
United States Attorney Florence T. Nakakuni said that according to information produced in court, from August 19, 2012, to November 4, 2012, De La Rosa showed a replica handgun to employees of four businesses on four separate occasions in demanding oxycodone from the first business and money on the three subsequent robberies. De La Rosa thereby took 300 oxycodone pills from a Walgreens pharmacy on Kapiolani Boulevard; $395 in cash from Rix Island Wear on Ala Moana Boulevard; $2,675 in cash from the Lono God of Peace jewelry store on Kalakaua Avenue; and $651 from Lucky Brand clothing store on Kalakaua Avenue.
In pronouncing sentence, United States District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi commented that De La Rosa committed four serious felonies and had a prior criminal record and a history of substance abuse. Judge Kobayashi also noted that one of the victims asked that the court send a clear message that robbery will not be tolerated in Hawaii. In addition to 70 months in prison, Judge Kobayashi also sentenced De La Rosa to a three-year term of supervised release and ordered that he pay $4,133 in restitution to the victims.
The robberies were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Honolulu Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Nammar.