Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Three charged after man who had arranged for sex in Hernando is beaten, robbed

BROOKSVILLE — Rebecca Maria Rodriguez had the plan down to the code phrase, authorities say.

Rodriguez, 26, met a man at a Hess station in Brooksville on July 8, the two exchanged several text messages, and arranged to meet for sex at a house on Powell Road, south of Brooksville, where Rodriguez was staying, according to the Hernando Sheriff's Office.

The man, who was not identified, showed up and they headed to a bedroom. By that point, investigators say, Rodriguez had hatched a plan to rob the man. She told her cousins — Joshua Ray Rodriguez, 23; Jeremiah Rodriguez, 19; and 16-year-old Brigdare "BJ" Lopez — to hide in the house, then wait outside the bedroom door and listen for her to say, "Oh, that feels so good."

A Sheriff's Office media release gives this account of what happened next:

Hearing their cue, the cousins barged in and began to punch and kick the man. Rebecca Rodriguez's grandfather, who lives in the house, heard the scuffle and asked what was going on, said sheriff's spokeswoman Denise Moloney.

To avoid a run-in with the grandfather, Moloney said, the group tied the man's hands behind his back, threw him out the window and hid him in a shed. They took money from his wallet and hit him in the back with a baseball bat.

The suspects blindfolded the man, forced him into his 1996 Honda Accord, and drove to Goldsmith Road, south of Brooksville, where they left him and drove off in his car.

Investigators identified the suspects after the man provided directions to the house where he met Rodriguez. Rebecca Rodriguez, Joshua Rodriguez and Lopez were arrested Friday. They admitted to their involvement, but detectives determined the Rebecca Rodriguez had planned the crime, the Sheriff's Office said.

All three were charged with robbery, grand theft auto and kidnapping.

Lopez and Joshua Rodriguez were also charged with battery.

Rebecca Rodriguez and Joshua Rodriguez remained in the Hernando County Detention Center on Tuesday in lieu of bail of $42,000 and $42,500, respectively. Lopez was turned over to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

Deputies were still searching for Jeremiah Rodriguez.

Rebecca Rodriguez has a lengthy arrest record and prior convictions for battery, grand theft, larceny and fraud, state records show.

Tony Marrero can be reached at (352) 848-1431 or tmarrero@tampabay.com.

Three charged after man who had arranged for sex in Hernando is beaten, robbed 07/31/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 8:36pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs WR DeSean Jackson knows only one direction: full speed ahead

    Sports

    TAMPA — DeSean Jackson is the "1."

    Actually, Jackson, the Bucs' latest weapon for quarterback Jameis Winston, with his blazing speed and game-changing splash plays, wears No. 11 in games.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  2. Karen Bail, who helped Gibbs kids get to Broadway, retires

    Stage

    ST. PETERSBURG — When neatnicks retire, they leave no trace behind. Their desks are clean, like a runway after the plane has taken off.

    Retiring musical theatre teacher Karen Bail warms up seniors Jonathan O'Brien, left, as Juan Peron and Addam Setzer as Che Guevara before the dress rehearsal of Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA) magnet program's production of "Evita" at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, FL,  April 24, 2017.  The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical ran for three days in April at the school and was PCCA's last play of the year. CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
  3. Florida's economy growing faster than other big states and far better than U.S. overall

    Business

    When it comes to economic growth, Florida's running alongside the leading states and well ahead of the United States as a whole.

  4. Florida wrestling forefathers to be honored

    Human Interest

    TAMPA -- Nicole Alonso and Belinda Romano never had to worry about defending their fathers in a "my dad can beat up your dad" kind of argument.

    A building at the Boys Ranch in Live Oaks was once named in honor of Tampa wrestler Eddie Graham for his financial contributions to the residential care facility for troubled boys.
  5. Tampa's bid for fifth Super Bowl means secret and expensive promises to NFL

    Tourism

    TAMPA — Before Tampa is officially named the host of the 2021 Super Bowl, local organizers have 90 days to convince NFL owners the city can meet certain conditions.

    What are they? That's top secret.