Updated 10/28/2011 04:25 PM
Suspect in knifepoint robbery of elderly woman arrested in Puerto Rico
A man who police said broke into a 90-year-old woman's First Street home and robbed her at knifepoint back in February has been arrested in Puerto Rico. Our Solomon Syed has the details.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Puerto Rico, for many, is the ultimate island getaway. For 40-year-old Charlie Robles-Delgado, that's exactly what it was.
Albany Police Spokesman James Miller said, "He had fled, shortly after the robbery and the burglary had occurred, back to Puerto Rico."
And away from the crime police said he committed on First Street, where they said he broke into the home of a 90-year-old woman during the early morning hours of Feb. 25 and held the victim at knife-point.
"He then forced her to go around the house looking for money," Miller said. "He found a safe, stole some jewelry. I believe the amount he stole out of there was about $30,000."
Police said Robles-Delgado then tied up his victim, locked her in a bedroom, and then fled for his native Puerto Rico. Police aren't sure if he knew they were hot on his trail, but they were.
"As they moved forward, they got information from a member of the Albany County Sheriff's Department that he was a possible suspect. So then over the next several months it was developing enough probable cause to bring it to a grand jury, which they did. Got the indictment in August, then it was just a matter of utilizing the Marshal's Service to locate him in Puerto Rico," Miller explained.
Robles-Delgado is being charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.
"One of the most serious crimes here you could have in the city. Couple that with the fact that this is a 90-year-old woman, it drew a lot of outrage from the community and her neighbors," Miller said.
Police don't know what Robles-Delgado did with the $30,000, but at least now his alleged victim can sleep a bit easier at night.