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Police Beat will highlight specific incidents and trends in criminal activity in the Town of Clarkstown for the purpose of public awareness.

Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd 10/31/13

On October 31, 2013 shortly after 2:30 PM Miguel Resto, 26, from West Haverstraw, NY was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon 2nd (felony) and resisting arrest (misdemeanor).

Units responded to the intersection of Forestbrook Road and Springbrook Road for a report of a dispute in the roadway. When officers arrived they observed Resto and two other parties in the area. Upon speaking with Resto, an officer observed a gun inside of Resto?s jacket pocket. Resto began to struggle with officers and a foot pursuit began. Resto was subsequently taken into custody in the rear yard of a North Pascack Road address. During the pursuit, Resto was observed to toss a silver and black handgun into a wooded area. The gun was recovered and determined to be a loaded Interarms .357 Magnum revolver.



Drug arrest 10/17/13

On October 16, 2013 shortly after 8:15 PM Javier Seda, 29, from Mamaroneck, NY was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance 4th (felony) and numerous traffic infractions.

Seda was observed driving a 2002 Honda on Rt 303 in Congers with switched license plates. The license plates on the vehicle were registered to a 1997 Acura. A traffic stop was conducted and a search of the vehicle uncovered 110 tablets of Oxycodone. Further investigation revealed that Seda possessed these tablets illegally.

Seda was arrested and transported to Clarkstown Police Headquarters where he is currently awaiting arraignment in Clarstown Justice Court.

Driving While Intoxicated 08/05/13

On August 4, 2013 shortly after 1:00 AM, Jacob Koff, 21, from Monsey, was arrested while operating a 2012 Honda on West Clarkstown Rd in Nanuet. Koff was stopped after his vehicle was observed making multiple vehicle and traffic infractions. Koff had the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and appeared to be intoxicated. He was requested to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. Koff was transported to Clarkstown Police Department Headquarters where he was administered a breathalyzer test in which he also failed. Koff was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Clarkstown Justice Court on August 26, 2013 to answer 2 counts of driving while intoxicated (misdemeanor).

Driving While Intoxicated 08/05/13

On August 3, 2013 shortly before 1:00 AM, Michal Livingston, 34, from Nanuet, was arrested after she was involved in a motor vehicle accident which occurred on Middletown Rd at the intersection with Rt 59 in Nanuet. Livingston was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi and rear-ended a 2010 Toyota which was stopped at the traffic light. Livingston appeared to be intoxicated and was requested to perform field sobriety tests, which she failed. Livingston was transported to Clarkstown Police Department Headquarters where she refused to submit to a breathalyzer test. She was charged with driving while intoxicated (felony) and arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court before Judge Ugell. Livingston was remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail. Her next court date is August 5, 2013.

Driving While Intoxicated 08/05/13

On Aug 3, 2013 shortly after midnight, Hipolito Silva-Gonzalez, 50, from Valley Cottage, was arrested while operating a 2000 Dodge on Rt 9W in Upper Nyack. Silva-Gonzalez was stopped after his vehicle swerved over the center lane marking several times. He had the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and an open can of beer was observed inside of his vehicle. Silva-Gonzalez was requested to perform field sobriety tests, which he declined. He was transported to Clarkstown Police Department Headquarters where he was administered a breathalyzer test in which he failed. Silva-Gonzalez was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated (both felonies) and several vehicle and traffic infractions. He was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court by Judge Ugell and remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility in lieu of $15,000 bail. He is due back in court on August 5, 2013.

Driving While Intoxicated 07/19/13

On July 19, 2013 at approximately 2:00 AM Martin Davis, 49, from Congers was arrested for driving while intoxicated and the traffic infraction of inadequate headlights.

Davis was operating a 2005 Mercury on Ridge Road in Congers with only one headlight functional. Davis was stopped and appeared to be intoxicated. He was issued field sobriety tests, which he failed. Davis was transported to the Clarkstown Police Headquarters where a breathalyzer was administered and which he also failed. He was released on an appearance ticket returnable 8/5/13.


Driving While Intoxicated 07/19/13

On July 18, 2013 at approximately11:15 AM Allen Scott, 29, from Nanuet was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated (both misdemeanors), aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle 1st (felony), and numerous vehicle and traffic infractions.

Scott was operating a 2004 Mercedes on West Clarkstown Rd in New City when he was stopped for turning improperly and other observed moving violations. Scott appeared to be intoxicated and was issued field sobriety tests, which he failed. Scott was transported to Clarkstown Police Headquarters where a breathalyzer was administered and which he also failed. Scott was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court before Judge Gerber. He was remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2,500 bail. He is due back in court on 7/22/13.

Shoplifting 07/15/13

On July 13, 2013 shortly before 6 PM, the Clarkstown Police Department arrested Crystal Morrison and Carver Marshall, both 32 years of age and from Brooklyn, NY for criminal possession of stolen property 3rd (felony), petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property 5th, both misdemeanors.

Morrison and Marshall were inside of the Hollister store located at the Palisades Center Mall. While acting in concert with each other they stole 18 fragrance items valued at $792. When stopped, Morrison and Marshall were also found to be in possession of 2 stolen fragrance items from Abercrombie and Fitch valued at $108.

During the investigation it was determined that the two drove to the mall in a 2013 Ford Taurus. The Ford was located in the parking lot and a search uncovered 62 items valued at $3026.25 which were determined to be stolen from the Victoria Secret store also located at the Palisades Center Mall.

The two were transported to police headquarters. They were arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court before Judge Thorsen. They were both remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility without bail pending a court date on July 15, 2013.


Fraudulent Credit cards 07/08/13

On July 6, 2013 at approximately 9:00 PM, Saida Martin, 22, from Brooklyn, NY was arrested and charged with 24 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument 2nd (felony) and 1 count of criminal possession of stolen property 3rd (felony).

Martin attempted to purchase an Apple I pad at the Best Buy store located in the Palisades Mall. She presented five different credit cards as the method of payment, all of which were declined. Martin left the store without a successful purchase. Officers located Martin inside of the Apple store also located in the Palisades Mall. During the investigation it was determined that Martin possessed 24 credit cards which were determined to be fraudulent.

A search of Martin?s vehicle uncovered proceeds from previous purchases which were all completed in NJ using one fraudulent credit card or another. The merchandise included 2 Apple I pads, 4 pairs of shoes, 2 sets of curtains, and 1 set of sheets. The total for the stolen merchandise was $5,411.40.
Martin was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court before Judge Ugell. She was remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5000 cash bail. Martin was issued a return court date of July 10, 2013.


Sexual Assault 6/27/13

On Thursday, June 27, 2013 the Clarkstown Police Department arrested Hector Ixcopal, 38, for burglary 2nd, criminal sexual act 1st, sex abuse 1st, all of which are felonies.

Ixcopal was employed by the Days Inn, 367 Rt 59, Nanuet in the capacity of property manager. He also lives in one of the rooms at the same location. At approximately 1:20 AM, Ixcopal utilized his master key to gain access to a room of a female guest, while the guest was sleeping, and engaged in unwanted sexual conduct with her. Ixcopal was subdued by other hotel guests and physically restrained until police arrived.

The victim recognized Ixcopal as her attacker because she had met him earlier in the day at the hotel. The victim was transported to Nyack Hospital where she was treated and released.

Ixcopal was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court before Judge Gerber and remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 bail. He is due back in court on July 1, 2013.

Arrest - Larcenies from motor vehicles

On June 24, 2013 at approximately 1:20 PM the Clarkstown Police Department responded to Fawn Court, West Nyack after a homeowner observed an unknown male party sitting in the driver seat of the homeowner's vehicle which was parked in the driveway. The male party ran from the scene while the homeowner provided a physical description of the party to a Clarkstown Police dispatcher. Officers conducted a canvass of the area and located a party matching the description. Jeffrey Konan, 21, West Nyack, NY was placed under arrest and transported to Clarkstown Police Headquarters.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Konan opened the glove box and disturbed the contents to the vehicle which was parked on Fawn Court. The continued investigation revealed that Konan is responsible for several other larcenies from motor vehicles.

Konan was charged as follows: grand larceny 4th and criminal possession of stolen property 4th (both felonies) for a larceny which occurred on June 12, 2013 in New City; petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property 5th (both misdemeanors) for a larceny which occurred on June 13, 2013 in New City; petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property 5th (both misdemeanors) for a larceny which occurred on June 11, 2013 in Valley Cottage; and attempted petit larceny and trespass for the incident which took place on Fawn Court, West Nyack.



Assault on a police officer 06/25/13

On June 24, 2013 at approximately 3:40 PM the Clarkstown Police Department responded to the 4th floor of the Palisades Center Mall for a report of a fight between 2 parties. Upon arrival, a uniformed officer attempted to speak with one of the parties involved in the altercation. Rashaun Steward, 27, from Bronx, NY attempted to push the officer. Steward was placed under arrest and during the struggle, Steward punched the officer in the face causing the officer a facial injury. Steward was handcuffed and transported to Clarkstown Police Headquarters where he is currently waiting to be arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court. Steward is being charged with assault 2nd (felony), obstructing governmental administration 2nd, resisting arrest (both misdemeanors) and disorderly conduct (violation).

The officer was treated at Nyack Hospital and released. The second party that was involved in the fight was identified and released without charges.

Robbery 1st 06/19/13

On Friday, June 15, 2013 shortly after 10:30 PM three victims were walking along Old Haverstraw Road, Congers when they were robbed at knife point by two men. The two men ran up behind the victims, one suspect pushed victim # 1 to the ground, the second suspect displayed a knife. The suspects demanded that the victims empty their pockets. Proceeds from the robbery consisted of a cell phone.

When victim #1 fell to the ground he sustained a laceration to his leg which required medical treatment at Nyack Hospital. Victim #2 and #3 were uninjured.

A victim recognized one of the suspects and provided police with a name and physical description. After a brief search of the area, the suspect was located and arrested. He was identified as Joseph Ramirez-Apuzzo, 19, from Congers, NY. Ramirez-Apuzzo was charged with robbery 1st and assault 2nd, both felonies, and criminal possession of a weapon and petit larceny, both misdemeanors. Ramirez-Apuzzo was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court before Judge Gerber and remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility in lieu of $15,000 bail. He was due back in court on June 17, 2013.

The continued investigation led to the arrest on June 17, 2013 of Max Peligri, 18, from Congers, NY. Peligri was charged with robbery 1st and assault 2nd, both felonies. He was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court before Judge Thorsen and remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,000 bail. He is due back in court on June 19, 2013.


Arson 6/18/13

The Clarkstown Police Department is investigating an arson which occurred in the parking lot of the Palisades Mall, aisle G41, on June 17, 2013 shortly after 11 PM.

Witnesses observed a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck with the bed of the truck on fire. The West Nyack Fire Department responded to the scene to extinguish the flames. It appears that there were two American flags which were attached to poles on either side of the bed which were set on fire. As a result of the flags burning embers caught the bed of the truck on fire causing damage to that area of the truck.

Currently, witnesses describe a small red vehicle parked a few spots away from the pickup truck. The vehicle was possibly occupied by two white females and one black male wearing a blue baseball cap. This vehicle was observed leaving the area in a hurry as the fire began.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Clarkstown Police Department at 845-639-5800 or the TIPS line at 1-877-639-6233.



Driving While Impaired 6/5/13

On June 4, 2013 at approximately 1300 hrs Jill Blau, 40, from Mahwah, NJ was arrested.

Blau was observed driving a 1999 Infinity on Gerlach Drive, New City, at an extremely slow rate of speed. She was subsequently stopped and upon speaking with officers presented with glassy eyes and slowed speech. Blau was arrested and transported to Clarkstown Police Headquarters where she submitted to field sobriety tests, which she failed and a Drug Influence Evaluation, results of which are pending.

A search of Blau?s vehicle uncovered several prescription drugs which she did not possess a prescription for. Blau was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court before Judge Ugell. She was released on her own recognizance with a return date of July 8, 2013 to answer driving while ability impaired by drugs and criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th, both misdemeanors.


Driving While Intoxicated 05/13/13

On Monday, May 13, 2013 shortly after midnight, Anthony Passarella, 32, from West Nyack, NY was arrested.

Passarella was driving a 2001 Honda east on Laurel Road in New City when he failed to stop at the intersection with Brewery Road and struck a guardrail headon. Passarella appeared to be intoxicated and had the smell of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. He was trapped inside of the vehicle and required to be extricated by New City FD. Upon extrication, Passarella was transported to Nyack Hospital for his injuries which did not appear to be life threatening. He was arrested and submitted to a blood test to determine his blood alcohol concentration. Results are pending. Passarella was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Clarkstown Justice Court on May 20, 2013 to answer the charge of driving while intoxicated (misdemeanor).

Residential Burglary Arrest 4/30/13

Subsequent to a rash of recent residential burglaries the Clarkstown Police Department instituted a burglary task force which formulated a comprehensive operational plan. The plan included directed patrol efforts in targeted areas.

On April 29, 2013 Michael Jenkinson, 19, from Spring Valley was arrested in conjunction with a rash of burglaries which occurred in Nanuet. Officers had encountered Jenkinson earlier in the day when he was utilizing a foot path as a cut through between Albacon Road and Second Ave.

A short time later, a burglary was discovered on Albacon Road. Proceeds from the burglary were consistent with items that Jenkinson was carrying. Jenkinson was arrested a short time later at his home in Spring Valley. He was transported to the Clarkstown Police Department Headquarters and charged with 8 counts of Burglary 2nd (felony), 8 counts of petit larceny (misdemeanor), and 1 count of attempted burglary (felony). Jenkinson is being held for arraignment in Clarkstown Justice Court.

The burglaries that were cleared by this arrest include; 53, 60 & 65 Spring Brook Road, 56 Forest Brook Road, 12 Lynn Street, 33 N. Pascack Road, 28 Crikki Lane, and 37 & 39 Albacon Road.

Criminal Contempt Arrest 4/19/13

On Friday, April 19, 2013, at approximately 11:45 PM Joseph Ciraldo, 51 from Congers, NY was arrested after a brief encounter at the Nyack Motor Lodge.

At approximately 5:50 PM Ciraldo had telephoned a family member and made threats to harm himself. Ciraldo made statements that he had been drinking, swallowed pills and was armed with a gun.

Ciraldo?s location was not immediately known, but after a short investigation which included pinging his cell phone, it was determined that Ciraldo had rented a room at the Nyack Motor Lodge. A perimeter was established and Ciraldo responded to verbal commands from members of the crisis negotiation team to come out of the room. Ciraldo exited the room without incident and was immediately taken into custody. He was transported to Nyack Hospital for medical treatment.

Ciraldo was charged with 2 counts criminal contempt 2nd (misdemeanor), aggravated harassment 2nd (misdemeanor) and possession of hypodermic instrument (misdemeanor). The criminal contempt charges stem from Ciraldo violating an active order of protection which was issued for a previous domestic incident. Ciraldo was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court before Judge Thorsen, a $1000 bail was set and he is due back in court on April 24, 2013.

Making a Terroristic Threat 04/05/13

On Thursday, April 4, 2013 at approximately 6:20 PM the Clarkstown Police Department arrested Edward Tabaracci, 51, from New City.

Tabaracci called a non emergency line at the Clarkstown Police Department on at least 3 separate occasions. Tabaracci placed the first call at approximately 4:30 PM whereby he was complaining about a traffic problem on Strawtown Rd. The second call was placed at approximately 4:49 PM and the third call was placed at approximately 5:22 PM. Tabaracci grew increasingly hostile with each phone call. In the final call, Tabaracci stated ?This is not a warning this is a promise. Two officers will die in the next 24 hours?.

Tabaracci was arrested at his residence without incident. He has been charged with making a terroristic threat (felony), and aggravated harassment 2nd (misdemeanor).

Auxiliary Unit Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Volunteer Organization Marks a Milestone in Its Long Tradition of Serving the Residents of the Town of Clarkstown, New York

The Clarkstown Police Department?s Auxiliary Unit will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with an awards dinner taking place at La Terrazza, 291 S. Main Street, New City on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The event will be attended by local dignitaries and officials, and will recognize the service of Auxiliary Police Officers with outstanding contributions to the organization and the Town of Clarkstown.

The Clarkstown Auxiliary Police Unit, organized in 1973, is a volunteer organization dedicated to supplementing the Clarkstown Police Department. The Unit currently has 29 active members who provide assistance and operational support to the police. Their primary function is to assist with traffic and pedestrians at community events such as parades, races, street fairs and other functions. These Auxiliary Officers operate under the directive of the Clarkstown Police Department and serve as an extra set of eyes and ears. In 2012, Auxiliary Officers volunteered a record number of hours, approximately 7,500 and since inception the unit has logged more than 124,000 hours.

?The dedicated members of our organization make every event and responsibility a pleasure. This is a remarkable group of people who appreciate and support each other and our community,? said Darryl Draper, Clarkstown Auxiliary Police Captain. ?It is a real honor to have the opportunity to work alongside Clarkstown Police Officers, develop a better understanding of the challenges they face and be able to help them maintain the wonderful peaceful character of our neighborhoods.?

Chief Michael Sullivan of the Clarkstown Police Department is grateful for the Auxiliary Unit and their work. ?Over the last 40 years they have dedicated tens of thousands of hours in professional and selfless service to the Clarkstown community. As Chief of Police it is my honor to say to the members of the Auxiliary Police, both past and present, congratulations and thank you for a job well done?.

To learn more about the Clarkstown Auxiliary Police Unit or to inquire about how you can get involved, please Email: cpdaux12@gmail.com or call 845.639.5887.

Contributions to this release were made by Auxiliary Officers, Lenore Congemi and Jen Miret.


Criminal Mischief

On October 1, 2012 at approximately 7:30 AM the Clarkstown Police responded to Lady Godiva Way New City for a report of graffiti painted in the roadway. A resident who was retrieving the morning newspaper discovered what appeared to be a swastika painted on the roadway surface near his residence. A short distance from the swastika was what appeared to be an asterisk painted on a manhole cover. Both symbols were painted with blue paint.
The swastika was removed after photographs of both symbols were taken.
It is unknown whether this incident is random in nature or a targeted act. It is currently under investigation as a hate crime and anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Clarkstown Police Department at 845-639-5800 or the anonymous Tips Line at 877-639-6233.


 
 

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