Jonathan Bastida-Delgado, 28, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Dominic W. Lanza to 120 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Bastida-Delgado previously pleaded guilty to two counts of Hobbs Act Robbery and one count of Using, Carrying, and Brandishing a Firearm during and in relation to a Crime of Violence.
In March 2020, authorities became aware of a series of armed robberies targeting businesses in Phoenix, Glendale and Buckeye, Arizona from late February through mid-March 2020. According to witnesses, the suspect in each robbery matched the same general physical description, wore a combination of the same clothing, and made similar types of threats to the victims. In each robbery, the suspect also used the same black and silver semiautomatic handgun. Working together, the FBI and local law enforcement identified and located Bastida-Delgado and took him into custody without incident on March 17, 2020.
This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.