STAMFORD, Conn. — Two men have been charged in the robbery and murder of James Decrescenzo last month at Uncle Buck’s Laundromat, a news release from the police department said.
Police said they arrested Elmer Saenz-Machado, 35, in an unrelated investigation, and Ivan Silva, 19, turned himself in Monday.
During an interview, police said, Silva admitted to the crimes and said he had planned the robbery to gain initiation into the MS-13 Gang. Silva employed Saenz-Machado to act as a distraction during the robbery, the press release said, but it “quickly turned into murder.”
Silva was charged with murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy, and is being held on a $1 million bond, the release said. He also had two outstanding warrants with Stamford Police, with one for second-degree burglary and conspiracy with a $5,000 bond, and one for first-degree unlawful restraint, third-degree assault and conspiracy with a $5,000 bond, according to police.
Saenz-Machado was charged with murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy, the release said. It did not give a bond amount for him.
Both men are expected to appear in Stamford Superior Court on Tuesday.