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Middlesex County Man Sentenced to 108 Months in Prison for Role in Gunpoint Robbery

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

TRENTON, N.J. – A Middlesex County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 108 months in prison for 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, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert Kirsch to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and attempted Hobbs Act robbery. Judge Kirsch imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

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.      

In addition to the prison term, Judge Kirsch sentenced Rosales to three years of supervised release.

Peralta was sentenced by Judge Kirsch on May 22, 2024, to 78 months in prison and Hoyos-Jaimes is scheduled to be sentenced on July 24, 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 sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Levin, Co-Chief of the General Crimes Unit in Newark.

Updated June 27, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-249