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She lured them inside. Then the men were tortured and robbed, Plant City police say

The men were forced to withdraw money for their assailants, police said, who also kept their vehicles.
Plant City police said four people were arrested in connection with a scheme to use a woman to lure men in, then torture and rob them. From left to right: Thomas “Chino” Nolasco, 23; Joshua “Dolo” Rodriguez, 21; Carina Bailon, 19; and Melissa Long, 28. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office] [JAMAL THALJI | Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
Published Aug. 22
Updated Aug. 22

PLANT CITY — The men arrived at the home on W Risk Street thinking they were about to meet a woman.

Instead, Plant City police say the unsuspecting victims were beaten, tortured and forced to withdraw cash from their bank accounts. The assailants also kept the men’s vehicles.

So far, police said they have arrested four of the five accused assailants. There may be other victims as well.

The incidents took place between April and June. Each man was baited with social media “under the guise of socializing with an attractive female,” police said. When they arrived at a house on the 900 block of W Risk Street, they were met at the driveway by a woman who escorted them inside.

Once inside, each man was robbed, “viciously tortured” and beaten, police said.

If they didn’t cooperate, they were told, their families would be harmed.

Then each man was taken in their own vehicles to an automated teller machine to remove cash. Each man was then let go ― but their assailants kept their vehicles, police said.

These four individuals were arrested in recent weeks:

Thomas “Chino” Nolasco, 23, and 21-year-old Joshua “Dolo” Rodriguez each face one count of kidnapping, robbery and battery and two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. Both were being held Thursday without bail in the Hillsborough County jail.

Carina Bailon, 19, and Melissa Long, 28, both faces a charge of being a principal to commit kidnapping, robbery and battery. Long was released Aug. 10 after posting $37,500 bail, records show. Bailon was being held without bail.

Plant City police said they were looking for a fifth person who faces charges in this case, 19-year-old James Smith.

No other information about this case was released Thursday.

Plant City police ask anyone who believes they were also victims of this group to call Detective Mark Dunnam at (813) 757-9200.


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