The wife of a robbery and beating victim testified Friday that she hid in a closet and called 911 after two men dressed as Mormon missionaries forced their way into the couple’s home.
“I was awakened by the struggle,” Ida Delucia said.
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Janiece Marshall heard evidence during a preliminary hearing this week before ruling that Robert Estall, 25, and Abraham Austin, 28, must stand trial on all charges.
An arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 24 in District Court.
The men, who are in custody, each face the following charges: conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary while in possession of a firearm, first-degree kidnapping with a deadly weapon, robbery with a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon and battery with intent to commit a crime.
Defense attorneys called no witnesses during the preliminary hearing and argued only against the kidnapping charge, saying the kidnapping was not a separate act from the robbery. Marshall said that is a factual question for a jury to answer.
Terrence Delucia testified that he was on his couch at 6:15 a.m. on June 27, but not asleep, before he answered his front door and found two men who looked like Mormon missionaries.
The men said they wanted to talk about religion, but Terrence Delucia declined and turned away to close the door.
Terrence Delucia said the men, who were wearing white dress shirts and black ties, then pulled guns on him and began beating him as they asked, “Where’s your money and your safe?”
The men took about an ounce of marijuana and $3,000 cash. The victim’s wife and daughter were home at the time.
Terrence Delucia said he also was robbed last year at gunpoint by three other men who stole two ounces of marijuana and $30,000 cash.
On the morning of the second robbery, Ida Delucia testified, she heard her husband yell, “Ida, it’s happening again!”
The earlier incident had prompted Terrence Delucia to install a video surveillance system. Police arrested Estall and Austin after releasing images of the two men who appeared in the surveillance video.
In court on Friday, Ida Delucia identified Austin as the man who looked inside her bedroom while she was hiding in the closet.
The Delucias have since moved from their home at 4324 Honeycomb Drive, near Buffalo Drive and Flamingo Road.
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