Saturday, May 26, 2018
Public safety

Third suspect arrested in beating, robbery of man lured to have sex

BROOKSVILLE — The third suspect accused of helping a woman beat up and rob a man she lured to her home for sex is in custody, authorities said Thursday.

Jeremiah Rodriguez, 19, of Brooksville was arrested late Wednesday at an address on Hope Hill Road and charged with robbery, grand theft, kidnapping and battery, the Hernando Sheriff's Office said.

Rebecca Rodriguez, 26, met the unnamed man at a Brooksville gas station on July 8, exchanged several text messages with him and arranged to meet at a home on Powell Road where she was staying, investigators said. Rodriguez had already told her cousins to hide in the house, then wait outside the bedroom door and barge in when she gave a cue.

The group took money from the man's wallet, hit him in the back with a baseball bat, forced him into his Honda Accord and left him on a rural road south of Brooksville.

Deputies arrested and charged Rebecca Rodriguez, 23-year-old Joshua Ray Rodriguez and 16-year-old Brigdare "BJ" Lopez on July 27.

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