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9 Men Dressed As Cops Committed Armed Robberies, Home Invasions In Florida, Georgia, And Arizona

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A Florida man was sentenced to 39 years and two months in federal prison Friday for conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, three separate Hobbs Act robberies, and brandishing and discharging a firearm during the commission of those robberies.

On January 22, 2024, a federal found Darius Hudson, 44, Arcadia, guilty as charged.

He is the last of his co-conspirators to be sentenced in the conspiracy.

According to evidence introduced during the trial, between December 2020 and April 2021, a group of individuals conspired with each other to commit armed robberies throughout Pasco, Polk, Lee, and Hillsborough counties in Florida, as well as Georgia and Arizona.

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Members of this conspiracy, including Hudson, impersonated law enforcement officers by wearing black clothing, gloves, and masks, often with law enforcement insignia, or vests with “Sheriff” affixed.

They drove a black SUV equipped with lights and often handcuffed their victims. During these robberies, victims and their family members were awoken in the middle of the night at home, beaten, pistol-whipped, threatened, and, on several occasions, shot.

Hudson was identified as the individual who brought a white backpack to his robberies, which he used to store zip ties that he would later use on his victims.

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This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Bartow Police Department, the Lakeland Police Department, the Dade City Police Department, the Cape Coral Police Department, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, the Arcadia Police Department, and the Florida Highway Patrol. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diego F. Novaes. 

Name(Age, City of residence)Sentence Imposed
Reginald Roberts, Jr.a/k/a “Rudy”(24, Lakeland)41 years
Darius Hudsona/k/a “Toot”(44, Arcadia)39 years, 2 months
Nathaniel Keith Carra/k/a “Nate”(24, Avon Park)26 years, 6 months
Daniel Jacksona/k/a “D-Jack”(31, Winter Haven)22 years, 11 months
Chrishawn Butlera/k/a “Baby”(24, Bartow)20 years, 6 months
Jeremy Bernard Hazelton“Presto”(28, Bartow)15 years, 8 months
O’Marie Danyell Hudsona/k/a “Mari”(26, Orlando)11 years, 3 months
Jasmine Weber(30, Deltona)5 years
Elyana Bazaila/k/a Cuban(25, Lakeland)5 years

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