A 21 year old man has been arrested while another was set free in the “Flatiron Poker Game Killing” that took place last month in New York.
On November 2nd three armed men raided an upscale poker game, which was being held in the Flatiron District near 28th Street and Fifth Avenue. The robbers purportedly got away with $100,000 in cash. PokerWorks previous report is here.
Steven Perez, 21, of Tampa, Florida was arrested on December 1st in connection with the high stakes poker game robbery, which left one man dead.
Perez has been charged with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery. He is currently being held without bail at the Manhattan Detention Center. According to the criminal complaint against him, Perez has confessed to taking part in the heist. Although it has been reported that Perez was caught in the act via video surveillance cameras, it has not yet been confirmed whether Perez was the actual shooter or not.
Frank DeSena, from Wayne, New Jersey, died from a shotgun blast to the chest, after the weapon, a sawed off shotgun, was dropped. The gun is reported to have gone off and DeSena was hit when one of the robbers picked it up.
In connection to the same crime, three weeks ago, 35 year old William Delvalle, was released from custody. He had been arrested November 9th and was believed to be one of the three suspects in the robbery. City prosecutors however failed to meet the 144 hour deadline mandated by law, to win an indictment against Delvalle, and a judge ordered him to be set free on November 13th. Bryan Konoski, Delvalle’s attorney, made a statement that his client was released because the prosecution’s case against him wasn’t strong enough. Since the case was based on just one witness, jurors who heard the testimony didn’t feel there was enough evidence to prove probable cause and issue an indictment.
This was not Delvalle’s first brush with the law. At the time the Flatiron robbery occurred, he was on parole. According to court records, Delvalle had served eight years in prison for the murder of 21year old Shemique Coleman. He was found guilty of randomly opening fire into a crowd on a sidewalk in the Bronx in 1992. During this melee Miss Coleman was hit in the head with a bullet from Devalle’s gun, ending her life.
Ironically, Devalle’s parole was up for the Coleman murder, on the same day that he was released from jail for the poker game robbery.
So far, the other suspect/s in the poker game robbery and murder have eluded police.