Report: Bust in Flatiron Poker-Club Murder

Police have arrested a second man in connection with the hold-up at a Flatiron District private poker club that cost a New Jersey college professor and father his life.

The New York Post reports that Steven Perez, 21, of Tampa, Fla., was arrested last Saturday and is being held without bail in the hold-up.

A source who was at the club that night gave Spencer Morgan an eyewitness account of the evening’s events, in which a shotgun dropped by one of the robbers apparently went off, fatally wounding 55-year-old Frank DeSena in the chest.

The Post report cited a source saying it was not clear whether Mr. Perez is the ‘triggerman’ but that police believe he is one of three suspects in the hold-up caught on video surveillance cameras at the ‘secret’ poker club near 28th Street and Fifth Avenue.

From Spencer Morgan’s account:


There was a guy in a yellow slicker who had been under a table with Mr. DeSena. He said that the man with the shotgun had been shaking, and the shotgun had slipped and dropped to the floor. When the gunman rushed to pick up the shotgun, it went off, and hit Mr. DeSena.

They waited: It took 20 minutes for the ambulance. Two of the club’s female waitresses were sobbing. People kept saying what a nice guy Mr. DeSena was. He would be taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital where he would be pronounced dead shortly before midnight. >> READ THE STORY

Report: Bust in Flatiron Poker-Club Murder