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Three of six Malden attempted robbery suspects released on bond

Posted by Jarret Bencks  August 16, 2013 11:47 AM

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Three of the six men accused of taking part in an attempted armed robbery in Malden earlier this month were ordered released on unsecured bond by a federal judge.

The other three men involved were ordered held without bail pending trial by US District Court Magistrate Judge Robert B. Collings Wednesday in Boston.

The six men had arranged to rob a diamond wholesaler in Malden on Aug. 2, but the job had been set up by an informant working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The suspects were swarmed by police when they pulled into an office building parking lot on Commercial Street.

Antonio Correia Sr., 43, of Somerville; Marquis Simmons, 23, and Julio Rodriguez, 21, both of Newark, N.J., were ordered held without bail, and their attorneys did not object, according to court records. Each is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.

"In view of the nature of the charges, I find that there are no conditions or combination of conditions which will reasonably assure the defendants' appearance and the safety of other persons and the community," Collings wrote in his order of detention.

Antonio Correia Jr., 21, of Somerville and Branden Correia, 20, of Newark, N.J. -- Antonio Correia Sr.'s sons -- as well as Jokarly Fernandez, 21, also of Newark, N.J., were ordered released on $25,000 unsecured bond Wednesday. They each face a single count of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Future court dates have not been set.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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