WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – With help from Empire City Casino in Yonkers, detectives from a New Jersey town charged two men with robbing a family of more than $3,000 in their driveway after a day of gambling.
Mario Delsaz, 24, and Brian Torres, 19, both of the Bronx, followed the Franklin Street family from the Westchester County casino before surprising them just after 4:30 a.m. July 2, authorities said.
"They didn't hurt them, but they threatened harm with handguns shown," Tenafly Police Capt. John Trainor initially told Daily Voice hours after the driveway holdup. "They took not only what they won at the casino but also their wallets and a backpack.
"It was at least $3,000."
The pair are also suspected in several other armed robberies of Empire City Casino patrons over the course of several days in early July, Tenafly Capt. Michael deMoncada said Tuesday.
Tenafly police worked closely with Empire City Casino security and detectives from Yonkers, the NYPD, the Port Authority and the Bergen Prosecutor's Office, deMoncada said.
They "were able to develop several leads after viewing hours of security video footage provided by Empire City Casino security personnel," he said.
Charged with armed robbery in Tenafly, both Delsaz and Torres remained in custody in New York pending extradition proceedings, deMoncada said.
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