Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that a Providence County Superior Court jury today found Yoneiry Delarosa, DOB 06/12/90, a former resident of Providence, guilty on all counts related to his role in a July 27, 2010 home invasion and robbery on Federal Hill.
The jury deliberated 2 hours after a 5 day trial presided over by Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause. The jury found Delarosa guilty of first degree robbery, conspiracy, breaking and entering a dwelling with residents on the premise, carrying a pistol without a license and use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.
During the trial, the State proved that the defendant, along with two other assailants, forcibly entered the 2nd floor apartment at 169 Almy Street in the Federal Hill section of Providence, where they threatened and assaulted the residents, fired a gun in the vicinity of two young children and took a 32” television.
Late in the afternoon of July 27, 2010, Wanda Maldonado, her boyfriend Jose Silva, two friends and two young children were discussing what to have for dinner when Maldonado and Silva heard the outside door of the apartment open. 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.
The masked man, with a pistol in his hand, shoved Silva and demanded money. Silva responded that he had no money, and the gunman repeatedly struck Silva in the head with the pistol. He then pointed the gun in the vicinity of the two young children and fired a shot, which lodged into the floor. He grabbed the 32” inch television from the living room and fled with his accomplices.
The victims called the Providence Police. A neighbor was able to provide the police with a description of a vehicle, a black compact car with temporary tags in the rear window, they saw parked outside the apartment during the robbery. The police located the vehicle a short time later and apprehended the driver.
The driver, Christina Bartley (DOB 6/16/90; last known address 34 Longwood Avenue, Providence) identified Devon Letourneau, her boyfriend (DOB 12/26/91; last known address 1000 Douglas Avenue, Providence), Joshua Ortiz (DOB 12/2/90; last known address 734 Douglas Avenue, Providence) and the defendant, Yoneiry Delarosa, as the individuals who committed the crime.
The Police recovered evidence from the alley next to the crime scene, including a 32’ inch television, a batting glove, to which the match was found in Bartley’s vehicle, two shirts and a “Jason” mask. During the trial, evidence was presented to the jury that Delarosa has tattoos on his forearms: “TRIGGA” on one arm and “HAPPY” on the other.
During the trial, Bartley testified that she drove the three men to the apartment, where Letourneau handed Delarosa, who had the “Jason” mask in his possession, a gun. Bartley also testified that after the three exited the vehicle and went into the residence, she became scared and drove away. Upon her return, Delarosa was the only person outside on the street, and she drove him to the Hartford housing projects.
Bartley pleaded guilty on November 1, 2010 to conspiracy. Joshua Ortiz also pleaded guilty on March 29, 2011 to first degree robbery and conspiracy. Bartley and Ortiz are being held at the ACI pending sentencing.
The charges against Letourneau in this matter are pending. Letourneau is also indicted for the murder of Manny Hillario.
Since his arrest on the home invasion, Delarosa has been held at the Adult Correctional Institution as a probation violator from an earlier drug delivery charge. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.
Detective Angelo A’Vant led the investigation for the Providence Police, and Special Assistant Attorney General Roger Demers handled the case for the Office of the Attorney General.