It was still dark Sunday morning, 4:10 a.m. at Grace Point Church in New City.
Preparation for Sunday services would not begin for a few hours and for many revelers out on the town it was still Saturday night. Like any weekend, some had better intentions than others.
An 18-year-old from Stony Point, Erick Michael Gustavsen, has been charged by Ramapo PD with allegedly capping off this particular Saturday night in a violent and even blasphemous manner. Gustavsen ordered a cab to drop him off in Grace Point Church’s parking lot. Once in the lot he allegedly pulled a knife on the driver and attempted to rob him.
Police received a call from a man in distress around 4:10 a.m. Officers met with the victim, the cab driver, who stated that a fare had just attempted to rob him at knife point. The suspect had left the scene on foot prior to the arrival of police.
As a result of the police investigation, Ramapo Police charged Gustavsen with attempted robbery in the first degree (Class B felony); possession of a forged instrument in the third degree (Class A misdemeanor); and he was arraigned and remanded to the Rockland County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Grace Point Church is near the border of the Town of Clarkstown and Ramapo.