CLARKSTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT:
On November 27, 2016 at approximately 3:30 a.m., the Clarkstown Police Department responded to 653 Andover Road in Valley Cottage for a report of a possible burglary. Responding units were met by the homeowner who stated that his burglar alarm activated as he and his family slept. He went downstairs and noticed shards of glass on the floor from a window on the main floor. A search of the home and area for a suspect did not reveal any suspects. It appears nothing was missing from the home and no one was injured. The Clarkstown Detective Bureau is asking for the assistance of anyone that lives in the area of Andover Rd. in Valley Cottage to please contact the Clarkstown Detective Bureau at 845-639-5840 if you have any information or if you have a video surveillance system. Detectives would like to have the opportunity to review your video footage.
On November 30, 2016 at approximately 9:50 p.m., the Clarkstown Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at 25 Heritage Dr. in New City. Responding patrol units interviewed the 26-year-old female victim who stated that she parked her vehicle and walked around the front towards that passenger side to collect her work bags from the passenger seat. As she approached the passenger door a male suspect, described as a white male with brown eyes wearing a black jacket, black pants and a black ski type mask, displayed a handgun and stated to her “give me your money.” The victim gave the suspect the money she had and the suspect fled on foot north between buildings. A search of the area did not reveal any suspect. The Clarkstown Detective Bureau is asking for anyone who may have been in the area or has a video surveillance system in that area to please call 845-639-5840.
TOWN OF RAMAPO POLICE DEPARTMENT:
At about 1:10 a.m. on November 30, 2016, the Town of Ramapo Police Department responded to the scene of an assault at a home on 8 Hazel Court in Hillcrest. Upon arrival, RPD officers found a male victim on the ground floor seated on a bed. The victim was bleeding from various parts of his body from apparent stab wounds. Rockland Paramedics and Spring Hill Ambulance Corps responded to treat this victim, who was transported to Nyack Hospital. This victim is identified as Guerdy Jimmy Mauricette, 27, of 8 Hazel Court, Spring Valley, NY. While at the scene, RPD officers were advised that another male had entered Spring Valley Police Department and indicated to SVPD officers that he had been involved in a dispute at the Hazel Ct. location. RPD officers/detectives responded to SVPD. The male at the scene is identified as Vladimir Alexis, 27, of 8 Hazel Court, Spring Valley, NY (the location of the stabbing). Investigation indicated that there had been some type of verbal and physical dispute on the ground floor of the Hazel Court location, between Mauricette and Alexis. At some point during the dispute, Alexis stabbed Mauricette several times. The knife used was a kitchen “steak” knife. Alexis then left the scene and went to SVPD. Alexis was placed under arrest and transported to RPD for follow up investigation. At this time Mauricette is admitted to Nyack Hospital with stab wounds to the chest, shoulder, head, and right leg. His condition is listed as serious.
Vladimir Alexis is charged with the attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fifth degree
On December 2, 2016 at approximately 11:10 a.m., the Clarkstown Police Department responded to Lord and Taylor located at the Palisades Mall in West Nyack for a report of shoplifting. The suspect, Gina Lungen, 35, of Garnerville, was reportedly observed by loss prevention employees taking merchandise valued at $1,032. The merchandise consisted of clothing and accessories. She was arrested and charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree (felony) and criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree (felony). Lungen was released on an appearance ticket and will return to court on December 12, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
GRAND LARCENY & IDENTITY THEFT
Leslie Kommu, of New City, NY, and Amit Jain, of North Bergen, NJ, were arrested on charges related to a complicated scheme to defraud banks and individuals out of thousands of dollars. Victims included a 24-year-old woman from Illinois and a 74-year-old woman from New City. Jain would provide information to Kommu who worked as an assistant bank manager at First Niagara Bank in Nanuet, NY. Both were involved in forging documents in order to secure lines of credit loans. Kommu then submitted the loans for approval by First Niagara and with the money opened an account in each of the victim’s names. A $25,000 account was opened in the name of the 24-year-old and an $8,000 account was opened in the name of the 74-year-old. The Clarkstown Police Detective Bureau arrested Kommu, 51, on Nov. 2 and charged him with grand larceny in the third degree (felony), falsify business records in the first degree (felony), forgery in the second degree (felony) and identity theft in the first degree (felony). A felony warrant was issued for Amit Jain for grand larceny in the third degree (felony), forgery in the second degree (felony), and identity theft in the first degree (felony). Jain, 43, was detained by U.S. Customs officials at Newark Airport last week after he arrived on a plane from India. Jain is currently in custody in Essex County Jail awaiting extradition on the listed charges. The Clarkstown Police Department Detective Bureau worked with agencies from Hoffman Estates, Illinois, U.S Customs, Port Authority Police and Bank Investigators from First Niagara Bank, which ultimately resulted in the arrests of Jain and Kommu.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on December 5, a car drove into the front of the M and T Bank on 228 S. Main St in New City. There were no injuries reported. The vehicle accelerated over the curb and into the window. The 78-year-old driver was not injured and no summonses have been issued. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. The Clarkstown Building Inspector is responding to the scene to evaluate the structural integrity of the location.
SUFFERN POLICE DEPARTMENT:
STALKING OF A JUVENILE ARREST
Salvatore Carollo, 29, of Suffern, NY, was arrested on December 6 for stalking and endangering the welfare of a child. Carollo, sent a letter to a 14-year-old Suffern girl this October, which referred to wanting to meet her. The girl did not know this 29-year-old and was upset by this letter. Through an investigation by Suffern Police Officers, Carollo was located and advised that he was to refrain from contacting this girl and if he did this again he would be charged criminally. Over the past two days Carollo once again contacted the 14-year-old once through a letter and once by leaving a note at the door of her residence once again causing alarm and fear. Upon speaking to her family, Suffern Police Department completed criminal charges and took him into custody last night. He was arraigned and sent to the Rockland County Jail on $5,000 bail and was issued a full stay away order or protection on behalf of the 14-year-old.
Suffern Police arrested a 41-year-old man from Suffern for harassment after reports stated that he struck his girlfriend in the face during a domestic dispute Thursday morning. He is pending a future court date.
STONY POINT POLICE DEPARTMENT:
Joseph McDonald, age 21, residing at 50 Cheryl Lane, Stony Point, NY, was arrested on November 26, 2016 for criminal mischief in the fourth degree. The defendant was arrested after investigation revealed he intentionally damaged the property of another. He was arrested, processed and released on an appearance ticket returnable at a later date.
PETIT LARCENY & CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY
Teresa McCormack, age 57, residing at 234 N. Liberty Dr., Tomkins Cove, NY, was arrested on November 21, 2016 for petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree. The defendant was arrested after she did steal merchandise worth $59.78 from the Stony Point CVS Pharmacy. She was arrested, processed and released on an appearance ticket returnable at a later date.
TOWN OF ORANGETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT:
Thomas Knoesel, 50, of Pearl River, NY, was arrested on December 4, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. for driving while intoxicated. Orangetown Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Washington Avenue in pearl River where they observed Knoesel had driven his vehicle off the roadway and struck a street sign. Upon speaking with Knoesel, officers observed an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath. They also noticed he had glossy eyes, slurred speech and poor motor control. The subject consented to and failed numerous field sobriety tests on scene. He was arrested and transported to Orangetown Police Headquarters where he refused a breathalyzer test. The subject was processed and charged with DWI, a misdemeanor. He was released on bail and due back in Orangetown Justice Court on January 4, 2017 to answer the charge.
DRIVING WHILE ABILITY IMPAIRED BY DRUGS & ALCOHOL
Kimberly Diaz, 19, of Spring Valley, NY, was arrested on December 4, 2016 at 8:50 a.m. for driving while ability impaired. Orangetown Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident on High Avenue in Nyack where the vehicle had fled the scene of the accident. Police officers located the vehicle in question and identified Diaz as the driver. Upon speaking with Diaz, officers noticed her to have bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, poor motor control and the odor of marijuana emanating from her. Diaz was arrested and transported to Orangetown Police Headquarters where she consented to a chemical test with the results pending. She was processed and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and alcohol combined, a misdemeanor, and leaving the scene of an accident, a violation. She was released on bail and is due back in Nyack Justice Court on January 3, 2017 to answer the charges.
CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
Sanuel Sobol, 26, of Pearl River, NY, and Ariana Vegara, 19, of Montvale, NJ, were arrested on December 2, 2016 at 1:08 p.m. for criminal possession of a controlled substance. Orangetown Police stopped a vehicle on North Middletown Road in Pearl River for a traffic violation. Sobol was the driver of the vehicle and Vegara was the passenger. Upon investigation by police, both individuals were found to be in possession of a quantity of alleged marijuana. Both individuals were arrested and transported to Orangetown Police Headquarters. They were processed and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. They were both released on bail and are due back in court on January 3, 2017 to answer the charges.
TOWN OF RAMAPO POLICE DEPARTMENT:
On November 29, officers responded to a stabbing in Hillcrest where they found a 27-year-old man from Spring Valley with numerous stab wounds. The suspect, who was also a 27-year-old man from Spring Valley, entered the Spring Valley Police Department and was detained until the Ramapo Police District took him in. The suspect was arrested for attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
WOMAN WANTED FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY
The Ramapo Police Department is looking for Michelle Jackson who is wanted for criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree. This charge stems from 2012. At the time of the incident, Jackson was 5’3 and weighed 170 pounds. Anyone with information, please call the RPD at 845-357-2400.
DWI VEHICLE CRASH
On December 2, the Ramapo police received a call about a vehicle accident on Orange Turnpike in Sloatsburg. The driver and the passenger in the vehicle were both transported to Good Samaritan Hospital for medical treatment. After the treatment, the driver, who was from Middletown, NY, was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Ramapo Police arrested a local retail store employee for stealing cash from the register on Saturday. The employee was a 20-year-old man from Tallman who evidently stole money from the register a day earlier as well. He is pending a date in Airmont Justice Court.
CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY
On Sunday night, the Ramapo Police were notified of a larceny incident that occurred on Saturday, December 3. The suspect entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a cell phone and other items left unsecured. The officers investigated which led them to believe the suspect is a 17-year-old from Spring Valley. They arrested him for criminal possession of stolen property. He is in awaiting arraignments in the Spring Valley Justice Court.