take down nets three in HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON HOME INVAsion




Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Eugene Lorino (DOB 02/22/51) of 3524 Hull Avenue, Bronx, New York, Richard Vale (DOB 05/05/66) of 2721 Barker Avenue, Bronx, New York and Carlos Burgos (DOB 12/26/67) of 1247 College Avenue, Bronx, New York were arraigned on an eleven count indictment charging them with:


·         one count of Robbery in the First Degree, a class “B” Violent Felony,

·         two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, class “B” Violent Felonies,

·         one count of Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony,

·         two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, class “C” Felonies,

·         one count of Attempted Robbery in the First Degree, a class “C” Felony,

·         one count of Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree, a class “D” Felony,

·         one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony,

·         one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony,

·         one count of Criminal Impersonation in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony.


On January 10th, 2012 Lorino, along with Burgos and an unapprehended male, while displaying firearms, forced their way into the victim’s basement apartment at 22 Main Street in Hastings-on-Hudson.


The defendants believed that the victim had a large sum of United States Currency on the premises because of a potential business transaction in the Bronx that the victim had with Richard Vale and ultimately didn’t come to fruition.


After demanding the money, they went to a second apartment in the building where they tied up the victim and his family.


The defendants then attempted to gain access to a safe on the premises. Not being able to, they took approximately $7,000 in cash that was on hand and fled.


A four month long investigation ensued, lead by the Hastings-on-Hudson Police Department, assisted by investigators and prosecutors from the Organized Crime and Criminal Enterprise Bureau, Superior Court Trial Division of the District Attorney’s Office, the Westchester Intelligence Center and the NYPD.


Information was developed as to the movements and whereabouts of the defendants that ultimately lead to these individuals being taken into custody earlier this month.


“The investigation into this home invasion exemplifies how law enforcement in Westchester County can work seamlessly to respond, gather evidence, investigate, analyze and interpret information which ultimately led to arresting and charging these defendants with violent felonies.” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore after the defendants were arraigned on the indictment.


Bail was set at for $500,000 cash/bond for Vale, $750,000 cash/bond for Burgos and remand for Lorino.


Their next court date is scheduled for June 21st, 2012.


The defendants face a maximum of twenty five years in state prison.


Assistant District Attorney Joseph DiBenedetto of the Investigations Division and Assistant District Attorney Christine O’Connor of Superior Court Trial Division are prosecuting the case.









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Professional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge is

merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed

innocent until and unless proven guilty.