Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr. today announced the trial conviction of DOUGLAS YOUNG, 40, for the 2021 murder of 29-year-old Francisco Villalva Vitinio, a delivery worker. A New York Supreme Court jury found YOUNG guilty of all counts against him, which were two counts each of Murder in the Second Degree, Robbery in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. He will be sentenced on April 6, 2023.
“Deliveristas are essential workers who keep our city running. They should not have to fear for their lives while on the job. We will not tolerate this type of senseless gun violence against hardworking New Yorkers, and I thank our prosecutors for achieving this strong conviction. I know that there are still family and friends mourning the loss of Mr. Villalva, and I join with them in honoring his memory,” said District Attorney Bragg.
As proven at trial, at approximately 10:28 p.m. on March 29, 2021, Villalva rode his e-bike into Poor Richard’s Playground in East Harlem to take a break after delivering for DoorDash. YOUNG approached Villalva and tried to take the e-bike. After he refused to give up the bike, YOUNG shot and killed him.
Villalva was brought to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. YOUNG fled the scene and went into the nearby Dewitt Clinton Houses and was later identified via surveillance videos from multiple locations, including a Manhattan Mini Storage facility on East 110th Street.
Assistant D.A.s Jesse Matthews and Jonathon Junig are handling the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Shira Arnow and Stuart Silberg (Deputy Chiefs of Trial Bureau 30), Erin Tierney (Chief of Trial Bureau 30), and Executive Assistant D.A. Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division) with the assistance of Digital Evidence Analyst Ryan Strick and Paralegals Leila Jiadi and Bridget Brody. The Witness Aid Services and Language Services Unit also provided valuable assistance.
- Murder in the Second Degree, a class A-1 felony, two counts
- Robbery in the First Degree, a class B felony, two counts
- Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony, two counts