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1 of 3 charged in Nassau car dealership heist convicted, faces 25 years

Horatio Forrest has been convicted of armed robbery

Horatio Forrest has been convicted of armed robbery in Nassau. He and co-defendant David Hosannah entered Tri Star Motors at 790 Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square, where they robbed three employees at gun point, stealing Rolex watches, jewelry, cash and cellphones. Credit: District Attorney Nassau County

A Queens man faces up to 25 years in prison after his conviction in the armed robbery of employees at a Franklin Square car dealership in 2013, the Nassau district attorney's office said Monday.

Horatio Forrest, 30, of Jamaica, refused to leave the jail to attend the trial, and a jury deliberated three hours before convicting him Friday of all charges: two counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of second-degree robbery and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, prosecutors said. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 19.

He was one of three men arrested in the Sept. 13, 2013, robbery at Tri Star Motors, authorities said. Forrest and David Hosannah forced three employees to hand over Rolex watches, jewelry, cash and cellphones, authorities said, while Rubens Petion drove the getaway vehicle, a Range Rover.

The driver did not stop when police tried to pull him over, and that set off a chase through Elmont, where the vehicle was finally stopped and the stolen items seized, prosecutors said.

"This defendant took part in a violent armed robbery against unsuspecting victims at their workplace," acting District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a news release.

The trials for Hosannah and Petion are expected to start within a week or so, prosecutors said.

Forrest's attorney was not immediately available for comment.

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