Four arrested for hate crime robbery


DOVER – Four Dover men have been arrested following an investigation into a home invasion robbery that occurred at a home on Market Street at 11:53 p.m. on Monday, December 6. State Police are calling it a hate crime because the victims were targeted based on their nationality.

When troopers from the Pine Plains barracks arrived on the scene, they were told that four men attacked the victims and one armed with a handgun, fired a single shot.

None of the victims were seriously injured, and the attackers fled on foot with stolen jewelry.

An intensive investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation determined the perpetrators, Joshua Benson, 40, Joshua Benson Jr., 23, Nicholas Gast, 34, and Darius Robinson, 19, all from Dover, targeted the victims based on their nationality.  They were all arrested for felony armed robbery as hate crime.


All four subjects were arraigned before the town of Dover Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail pending future court proceedings.  Darius Robinson and Joshua Benson Jr. were remanded in lieu of $50,000 cash bail, $100,000 secure bond, or $200,000 partially secure bond.  Nicholas Gast and Joshua Benson were remanded without bail.