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Middlesex County Man Admits Role in Gunpoint Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A Middlesex County, New Jersey, man today admitted his role in an attempted robbery in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where the victim was shot 14 times, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Jonathan Rosales, 23, of New Brunswick, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Robert Kirsch in Trenton federal court to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and attempted Hobbs Act robbery.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Dec. 28, 2020, Rosales, along with his accomplices, Saul Peralta and Giovanni Hoyos-Jaimes, attempted to rob the victim in New Brunswick. During the struggle, the victim was shot 14 times causing him to sustain serious injuries. Peralta and Hoyos-Jaimes previously pleaded guilty before Judge Kirsch for their involvement in this incident.      

The conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and attempted Hobbs Act robbery counts each carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison. Each count also carries a fine of up to $250,000 fine, or twice the gain or loss from the offenses, whichever is greatest. Sentencing is scheduled for June 10, 2024.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI in Newark, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy; members of the New Brunswick Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Vincent Sabo; and members of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the leadership of Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Levin of the National Security Unit in Newark.


Updated February 7, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-049