On Friday, April 14, at approximately 1:40 p.m., the Ramapo Police Department responded to a call in regards to an assault in progress. While responding to the scene officers were advised that Chaverim, a community watch organization, were holding a suspect on the scene. Upon arrival at the scene, Ramapo police officers took Hayler Ruiz-Alejo, a 30-year-old male from Spring Valley, into custody.
An investigation determined that Ruiz-Alejo did enter the backyard of a Ronald Drive residence in Monsey, NY. He then approached a 78-year-old female from behind and forcefully grabbed her around the head and neck area. Ruiz-Alejo proceeded to drag the female away, towards the corner of the property until the victim’s screams alerted two Chaverim members who then intervened. Ruiz-Alejo attempted to flee the scene on foot but was detained by the Chaverim members until Ramapo Police arrived on scene. Detectives from the Ramapo Police Department as well as the Rockland Co Sheriff’s Evidence Collection Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
Hayler Ruiz-Alejo is currently being held at the Ramapo Police Department on charges of Attempted Robbery in the 2nd, Assault 2nd, Criminal Trespass, and DWI. Other charges are still pending.