BY MICHAEL RICONDA
STONY POINT – The quiet waterfront hamlet of Jones Point in the Town of Stony Point typically sees little crime, but a rare exception occurred last Monday. Two North Rockland men were arrested after a burglary gone awry left one resident injured by a would-be thief’s fists and teeth, according to Stony Point PD.
Police reported two men broke into the Jones Point home on April 28, only to be surprised when the owner and a friend unexpectedly arrived and caught them in the act. The burglars fought with the victims and one sustained bruises, abrasions and a bite to the shoulder during the altercation and escape, police said. Meanwhile, the other intruder fled through a bathroom window.
Following an investigation, Luis Cedeno, 21, of Pomona and Christopher Williams, 23, of Garnerville, were arrested. Both men were slapped with charges which included first degree burglary, second degree assault and third degree criminal mischief, all felonies.
One of the victims of the burglary told the Rockland County Times that Cedeno is the culprit who used his teeth during the attack. The victim requested to remain anonymous.
Police also charged both men with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, and separate drug charges. Williams was charged with criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor, and Cedeno was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Stony Point Police Lieutenant Keith Williams disclosed the suspects also have priors on their record.
The victim was tended to by first responders with the Stony Point Ambulance Corps and Rockland Paramedics. It was determined at the scene that there was no need for hospitalization.
Both suspects were sent to Rockland County Jail. Cedeno is being held on $50,000 bail while Williams is being held on $75,000 bail. The suspects are expected in court on May 8.