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Brooksville woman helps men rob her dad for drug money

Hernando Today staff reports

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BROOKSVILLE - A woman was arrested on robbery charges Sunday after helping her boyfriend and another man rob her father for drug money, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Christopher Miser, 26, was charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and aggravated battery. His bond is $110,000.

Jason Tortora, 37, was charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and his bond is $100,000.

Doeminique Sylvester 28, was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and her bond is $50,000.

The three suspects sat together Saturday at a friend's house and developed a plan to rob Sylvester's father, Rene Jimenez, as he left his residence early Sunday morning. The group stayed the night at the friend's house and prepared to commit the crime.

Jimenez attends church services on Sunday morning and then volunteers as a chaplain at the Hernando County Detention Center, according to the sheriff's office, and Jimenez's daughter provided a detailed routine of his Sunday morning routine.

The two male suspects, Miser and Tortora, got up early and drove near Jimenez's residence on Lomita Wren Road in Brooksville. They parked down the road and Miser walked to the residence where he waited outside for Jimenez to come out.

Miser wore dark clothing and a bandana over his face and carried a black semi-automatic style metal BB gun, which closely resembled a .45 caliber handgun, according to the sheriff's office.

When Jimenez came out, Miser approached him from behind and struck him in the head with the gun, causing him to fall to his knees. Miser continued to strike Jimenez with the weapon, but Jimenez fought back and was able to remove the bandana from Miser's face, recognizing him as his daughter's boyfriend, according to the sheriff's office.

One neighbor witnessed the incident between Jimenez and Miser. A resident on another street witnessed the suspicious vehicle and observed Miser running to it after the incident. He saw the two leaving the area in the vehicle.

Deputies and fire rescue responded and Jimenez was transported to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point with non-life threatening injuries.

He was treated and released.

Through investigation, deputies were able to locate the suspects and the vehicle at a residence in Brookridge.

In Brookridge, deputies made contact with Tortora, Sylvester, and Miser, and it was determined that all three took part in the crime, and they were charged accordingly, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies also located inside a closet the weapon and the hoodie used in the robbery, according to the sheriff's office.

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