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Three men arraigned in Westhampton Road home invasion

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

NORTHAMPTON — Two Springfield men are being held without right to bail and a third man from that city was released on conditions Wednesday following their arraignments in Hampshire Superior Court on charges that they were involved in an armed robbery in Florence in February.

Edwin J. Rivera-Cruz, 20, and Richard E. Santiago, 20, pleaded not guilty to charges of home invasion, possession of a firearm in a felony, possession of a firearm in a felony with a defaced number, carrying a firearm without a license, two counts of armed robbery with a firearm, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of possession of ammunition without an FID card.

In addition, Bryan Delvalle, 21, pleaded not guilty to charges of home invasion, possession of a firearm in a felony, possession of a firearm in a felony with a defaced number, carrying a firearm without a license, two counts of armed robbery with a firearm, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of possession of ammunition without an FID card.

While Rivera-Cruz and Santiago had been arraigned on the charges in Northampton District Court in February, this was Delvalle’s first court appearance on the charges. Rivera-Cruz and Santiago were arrested shortly after the incident and have been held since that time.

The men allegedly went to a home at 1368 Westhampton Road on the night of Feb. 11 to meet with people they had met online in a Facebook marijuana group. Four people were at the home when Santiago and Rivera-Cruz arrived. The two began smoking with the group when Rivera-Cruz went to the bathroom and came out a short time later pointing a gun at everyone in the room and yelling “run your pockets or I’ll shoot you!” according to court documents. Santiago allegedly also showed the group a gun.

The pair left in a car, which Massachusetts State Police stopped on Easthampton Road in Holyoke. Delvalle was inside the car with Rivera-Cruz and Santiago, according to court documents. He allegedly told officers he knew what the two other men were going to do at the Florence home but remained in the car while Santiago and Rivera-Cruz went inside.

In court Wednesday, Rivera-Cruz and Santiago were held without right to bail pending a dangerousness hearing which is scheduled for July 31. Rivera-Cruz is represented by attorney Jon Heyman. Santiago is represented by attorney Nikolas Andreopoulos.

Delvalle was released on conditions that he stays away and has no contact with the alleged victims and the Westhampton Road residence. Delvalle was also ordered to have no contact with his co-defendants. Delvalle is represented by attorney Joseph Smith III.