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Published on May 17, 2024
Trio Sentenced to Federal Prison for 2020 Florida Robbery and Kidnapping PlotSource: Unsplash/ Milad Fakurian

In a series of serious crackdowns on violent crime, three men have been handed lengthy prison sentences for their roles in a 2020 robbery and kidnapping incident that spanned from West Palm Beach, Florida to Belle Glade. Dillon Renee Polanco, Anthony William Lamar, known as "Mojo," and Rahsaan Rolando Robinson, also known as "Loso," have been served with federal prison terms of 130, 346, and 220 months respectively, according to a recent statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida.

The aggressive sentences stem from an ATF-led investigation into the kidnapping of a Belle Glade drug dealer. On December 14, 2020, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office reported that two victims were kidnapped, robbed, and stripped of $70,000 in drug proceeds. All three men had previous ties with the main victim, a known drug dealer, leading to the planned robbery after a dispute. Victim #1 was used to access a safe containing the cash at his grandmother's house, while Victim #2 was robbed of personal items including a gold chain and pendant, according to the Department of Justice.

The elaborate scheme, induced by a fall-out over the quality of drugs, was financed by Polanco, who ultimately chose not to participate directly in the Florida operation. The remaining assailants, Salgado and Lamar, arrived from Cleveland to Fort Lauderdale, with Robinson joining from Oakland. They prepared for the attack from a temporary base at a West Palm Beach rental home. The trio deftly managed their approach, setting up blocked surveillance, preparing firearms, and even utilizing social media to track their victim's movements.

After the violent encounter, Salgado and Lamar tried to make a run to Georgia, only to be nabbed by U.S. Marshals. In their possession was evidence of their crime, including a victim's ID and a taser matching one used during the kidnapping, the press release stated. Polanco and Salgado attempted to dispatch emissaries to recover the stolen loot and weapons but to no avail. Robinson, whose flight ended in California, was found with the stolen jewelry.

The comprehensive prosecution under the Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods program underscores the federal commitment to tackling violent crime, focusing on enforcement against top offenders while fostering community partnerships for prevention and reentry. U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe, Special Agent in Charge Christopher A. Robinson of the ATF, Miami Field Division, U.S. Marshal Gadyaces S. Serralta, and PBSO Sheriff Ric Bradshaw affirmed the effective collaboration that led to these convictions and sentences.

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