Gang Of 5 Indicted In String Of Violent Suffolk County Armed Robberies

They Allegedly Wore Masks, Curly Black Wigs, Flashed Guns, Knives, Rope

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — They allegedly wore masks and brandished handguns and knives.

On Monday, charges were levied in a string of violent armed robberies on Long Island. Homeowners and store owners said there is relief now that five people have been put behind bars.

District Attorney Thomas Spota said from December until their arrests on Feb. 29, the suspects sported semiautomatic handguns and wielded knives in the robberies of a pharmacy, a church, a jewelry store, a restaurant, two delicatessens and a convenience store.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera with District Attorney Thomas Spota

“Imagine putting a gun to your head,” bakery owner Chris Martin told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan, when asked about the fear he and members of his community experienced prior to the arrests.

For nearly three months residents and merchants were terrorized, Spota said. The accused thugs often struck in the evening, smashing security cameras and grabbing the discs — in an attempt to leave no evidence behind.

They moved fluidly through Bay Shore, Huntington Station, Brentwood and Central Islip, armed with guns, knives, and rope, wearing masks and curly black wigs. They allegedly tied up and pistol-whipped their victims. With guns to their victims’ heads, the roving band of thugs threatened to kill merchants if safes weren’t opened on the spot, said victim Duvilia Argueta of A & D Jewelers.

“Of yes, my god,” Argueta said when asked if she was threatened.

“It was escalating, the violence was clearly escalating,” Spota said.

In one case, Spota said the wife of a jewelry store owner was pistol-whipped and the suspects threatened to kill her husband and children if she didn’t turn over the keys to the safe.

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These handguns were seized at a suspect's home. (credit: Suffolk County District Attorney's Office)

Police said the suspects — identified as Mario Rodriguez-Chincilla, Wilmer Velasquez-Cruz, Carlos Velasquez, Edwin Acosta-Martinez and Jonathan Portillo — eventually made critical mistakes, like pawning $200,000 worth of stolen jewelry, bragging and leaving behind some surveillance video. They were soon being tailed by cops from one precinct to the next.

“The criminal intelligence division noticed a pattern,” Spota said.

On Monday, the suspects, who range in age from 16 to 27, faced a judge and pleaded their innocence, but were held on extremely high bail — or no bail at all. They were charged with multiple counts of armed robbery. Each robbery carries a 25-year prison sentence.

The youth pastor who was bound and gagged inside his own church said the community feels some relief.

“They point the gun at my face, tied me up and they took everything. As a youth pastor, the good thing is justice is done,” said the pastor, who asked not to be identified.

District Attorney Spota credited a new policy of precincts sharing intelligence for cracking the case.

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  1. tim says:

    they look like the “new ” American citizens…ILLEGALS

  2. Bullett says:

    Is there a MS-13 connection with these creeps?

  3. . says:

    Greasers.

  4. john says:

    Why weren’t they gunned down by Suffolk’s finest ?

  5. Dan Higgins says:

    All 5 guys are white Irish – Americans right?

  6. Mike says:

    dirt bags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I say let them go… I’m ready and willing to pick off some cans

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  8. American says:

    Aint diversity great?

  9. LiberalsLoveIllegals says:

    More illegal alien nonsense…Thanks Obama and liberals for protecting illegals..

    1. Ron says:

      Conservatives as well. They all band together when it comes to attaining dirt cheap labor to see how many digits their bank account can hold.

  10. Matt H. says:

    Since I left L.I. in 1992, it has REALLY changed.

    1. Mr B says:

      My brother moved out to Center Moriches more than 20 years ago , Used to go out there and it was like another world . Clean streets and Highway [ LIE] was spot less …..Last 4-5 years I notice the pigs and dirty people throw their garbage out like they do in the city on the Brooklyn Queens Exspressway . ……….Litter is all over the place , Maybe not the Hamptons but it’s not what I remember it to be back when the farms where still intact and Urban sprawl hadn’t moved in.

    2. Ron says:

      Can thank Bill Clinton. Much of the downfall started with his NAFTA a year later.

  11. go back 2ur country says:

    they are the ugliest looking morons i have ever seen. i say that now becasue theyare in jail

  12. DIANN says:

    FIRST ARE THE LEGAL ? BECAUSE THEY DON’T LOOK LIKE LEGAL CITIZENS TO ME ! IF THEY ARE NOT LEGAL, WHY WASTE TAX PAYERS TIME & MONEY PUTTING THE ON TRIAL IF THEY DID IT HERE i AM SURE THEY ARE “WANTED” BACK IN THE COUNTRY THE CAME FROM, JUST CALL & SEND THEM HOME & IF THEY TRY TO RETURN THEY SHOULD BE SHOT ON SITE ! !

    1. NYSmike says:

      Why don’t they look like legal citizens to you?

    2. Cmystic says:

      Diann you sound very foolish.

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