A Port Chester man has been arrested on robbery charges in connection with a Chickahominy drug deal gone sour last month. On March 2, Raul Oliveros, 21, allegedly robbed a local juvenile of nearly $1,000 in cash inside his 72 Hamilton Avenue apartment. Yet police said the arrest may not be the end of a case already marred by confusion and false reports.
A third man — Joshua Delgado, 18, of Wilbur Peck Court — witnessed the incident inside the apartment and was arrested for providing false statements just hours after the crime. The teenage victim is now also under investigation by the GPD Special Victims Section.
While police describe the incident as a drug transaction gone bad, they still have not filed any drug-related charges and do not know which party was selling and which was buying the drugs.
According to police, at roughly 8 p.m. Sunday, March 2, Oliveros arrived at victim’s basement apartment under the pretenses of a drug deal. At some point, the transaction collapsed and turned violent, with the suspect showing or intimating a weapon to Delgado and the juvenile victim. Oliveros demanded cash and left with a sum believed to be between $900 and $1,000.
But when the victim and Delgado reported the incident to police later that evening, they told the officers a very different story: the pair had been outside the house on the sidewalk when they were approached and mugged by a group of five men whom they did not know.
Both the juvenile and Delgado provided written statements to the police claiming their account of events was true. But the subsequent investigation quickly proved otherwise.
“Our investigation revealed that none of this really happened,” said Lt. Kraig Gray. “They told us that this robbery had occurred on the sidewalk. It didn’t. They related it was a chance encounter. It wasn’t.”
Police were able to determine that the victim and suspect were known to each other, eventually linking the incident to Oliveros. Police confirmed that Oliveros had been armed during the incident but remained uncertain of the weapon. Gray did acknowledge that Oliveros “used force” during the robbery.
The investigation also turned up the role the alleged drug transaction played in the incident, but details of the incident prior to the robbery remain sketchy.
“Further investigation revealed that the incident was what you might call a drug rip-off,” said Gray.
A warrant was obtained for his arrest on charges of first-degree robbery and fifth-degree larceny.
On April 26, upon learning of the warrant for his arrest, Oliveros turned himself into Greenwich Police. Bail was set at $5,000, which Oliveros was able to post, and he was scheduled an appearance at state Superior Court in Stamford on May 5.
Oliveros does not have a previous criminal record in Connecticut or New York.