Unattended Death in Ramapo

At about 2:50 p.m. on July 7, 2013, the Ramapo Police Department arrived at 28 Mallory Drive, Hillcrest. A possible, unattended death had been reported. The responding officers found an unresponsive female. Rockland County Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. She was later identified as 33-year-old Blanca Estella-Tobias-Tobias. A neighbor notified her family members.

Blanca Estella-Tobias-Tobias was transported to the Rockland County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine cause of death. As of yet, the death is non-suspicious.

The officers awaited a response from a police supervisor, according to procedure, during which time the ex-boyfriend (Jose Armando-Zecana-Vanegas, 28-years-old) arrived. The three brothers of the deceased who were already at the scene were upset by the ex-boyfriend’s presence. They attempted to either chase or assault him, but two police officers and a paramedic intervened.

The officers, Robert Navarro and Laurie Mair, attempted to separate the brothers and ex-boyfriend. The brothers then turned on the officers. One brother, Manuel A. Tobias, when rushing at the officers, was subdued by Taser. A second brother, Danial Tobias, tried to obtain Officer Navarro’s firearm from his holster, but was restrained by Paramedic Jeff Payton. The third brother, Jaime A. Tobias, seized Officer Navarro from behind in a “bear hug.” Officer Mair restrained Jaime.

The officers arrested all three brothers at the scene. After the incident was processed, the brothers were charged with the following:

· Manuel A. Tobias, 25, of West Clarkstown Rd., New City, NY charged with Obstruction Governmental Administration 2nd degree (Class A Misdemeanor) and Assault 2nd Degree (Class D Felony)
· Jaime A. Tobias, 41, of West Clarkstown Rd., New City, NY charged with Obstruction Governmental Administration 2nd degree (Class A Misd.) and Assault 2nd Degree (Class D Fel.)
· Daniel Tobias, 24, of West Clarkstown Rd., New City, NY charged with Obstruction Governmental Administration 2nd degree (Class A Misdemeanor), Assault 2nd Degree (Class D Felony), and Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th Degree (Class B Misd.)