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Cranston Man Guilty on All Counts for Federal Hill Home Invasion

A 21-year-old Cranston Man was found guilty on all counts for his role in a July 2010 home invasion and robbery on Federal Hill, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced today.

A 21-year-old Cranston Man was found guilty on all counts for his role in a July 2010 home invasion and robbery on Federal Hill, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced today.

In a release, Kilmartin said a Providence County Superior Court Jury found Yoneiry Delarosa, a former Providence resident, guilty of first degree robbery, conspiracy, breaking and entering, carrying an unlicensed pistol and using a firearm in a violent crime.

The verdict came after two days of deliberation and a five day trial presided over by Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krouse. 

According to court records, On July 27, 2010, Wanda Maldonado and her boyfriend Jose Silva, along with two friends and two young children were discussing their dinner options when they heard the opening of the outside door to their 169 Almy St. apartment in Federal Hill.

"Almost instantly, three men forcibly entered the apartment. One of the assailants wore a 'Jason' mask similar to the one worn by the killer in the Friday the 13th movie series and a white tank top, and had unique forearm tattoos. The other two assailants also covered their faces with articles of clothing, identified later as shirts," according to a release.

The assailants shoved Silva, demanding money. When Silva said he had none, the gunman "repeatedly struck Silva in the head with the pistol" and pointed the gun "in the vicinity of the two young children" and fired a shot, which lodged into the floor.

They made off with a 32 inch flat-screen television. The victims called Providence Police and neighbors were able to provide a description on the vehicle driven by the thieves — a black compact car with temporary tags in the rear window.

Police caught up with the driver a short time later, identified as Christina Bartley, 21, of Providence. She identified her boyfriend as Devon Letourneau, 19, and Joshua Ortiz, 20 and Delarosa as the individuals who committed the crime.

The attackers had discarded evidence in an alley next to the crime scene including a batting glove, two shirts and the hockey mask. Police found a match for the glove in Bartley's car and the victims were able to describe tattoos on one of the attacker's arms that matched Delarosa's arms.

During the trial, Bartley said she drove the men to the apartment. When they got out of the car, she panicked and drove away. When she returned, just Delarosa was standing outside on the street and she drove him to a nearby housing project.

Barley pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy charges. Ortiz pleaded guilty on March 29. Both are at the Adult Correctional Institutions awaiting sentencing.

The charges for Letourneau, also indicted for the murder of Manny Hillario, are pending.

Delarosa has been held at the ACI as a probation violator on a prior drug charge since his arrest for the home investigation.

Melanie Scalera August 03, 2011 at 06:35 PM
Wow, stuff like this would've so NOT happened pre-1990.

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