Crime Blotter 8/23/16

Crime Blotter


Fireworks Set Off in New City Neighborhood

The Clarkstown Police are investigating criminal mischief acts that occurred near Tarry Hill Drive and Phillips Hill Road in New City, New York. On Aug. 9, 2016 at approximately 10:45 p.m., units were dispatched to 1 Tarry Hill Drive. A female resident explained she heard a loud boom coming from east of her residence. When she went to her window, she observed four white males running west outside of her home. They were described as possibly being teenagers, one wearing a pink shirt. One of the males threw a firework toward the front of her residence. The firework exploded next to a tree in front of the residence and caused it to catch on fire. The males fled west on Phillips Hill Road and the New City Fire Department responded to the scene, extinguishing the fire.

While conducting the investigation, the police were approached by another resident of the home who told them of a similar incident on a neighboring property. Residents had been gathering at 18 Phillips Hill Road when they heard a lout boom from the driveway. Further inspection revealed a firework had been thrown in between three cars. No damage occurred. No one at the party observed the perpetrators. A fragment and a partial firework label were recovered from the scene and secured as evidence.

In continuing the investigation the Clarkstown Detective Bureau is surveying neighborhoods and residents as to the availability of any video surveillance. Patrol officers are canvasing the neighborhood to find other eyewitnesses. The Clarkstown Police Department has increased high visibility patrol in the area and requests anyone with information to contact the Clarkstown Police Department Detective Bureau at 845-639-5840.


On Aug. 14, 2016 at approximately 1:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s radio headquarters received a 911 cell phone call from a distraught female who was heard yelling, “get off me” into the phone call. The caller was unable to provide any further information and upon finding the location of the call, it was found to be coming from the area of Kensico Court in the Knolls of Ramapo development in Suffern. Suffern officers responded to this location and while checking the area received a call from the Ramapo Police Department that they had a report of a male and female struggling in a vehicle, which they believed was the same couple. The vehicle was stopped on the NYS Thruway by the RPD and Suffern officers responded determining it was the same people the original call was about. The male, a 31-year-old Suffern resident, was taken into custody. Police believe the suspect broke his girlfriend’s iPhone and held her down against her will while she tried calling 911, all while violating a court order of protection. The initial incident took place in the Kensico Court area and the suspect fled with the female in fear of getting arrested. He was charged with unlawful imprisonment, first-degree criminal contempt and criminal mischief with the intent of preventing assistance. Ramapo also filed charges.

Stony Point

Connecticut Man Arrested for DWI

1On Aug. 7, 2016 the Stony Point Police Department arrested Jorge A. Diaz-Hernandez, 34, of Danbury, Connecticut for aggravated DWI per se, DWI and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operator. He was arrested after a vehicle and traffic stop revealed Diaz-Hernandez was operating a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition in excess of .08 B.A.C., specifically .18% B.A.C. The defendant was arrested, processed and released on several traffic tickets returnable to the Stony Point Justice Court at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2016.


Stony Point Man Arrested for Heroin

2On Aug. 6, 2016 the Stony Point Police Department arrested James Rose, 26, of Stony Point, New York for two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Rose was arrested after responding to a call for assistance at the Shell gas station in Stony Point. During the investigation Rose was found in possession of three “decks” of heroin and suboxone. He was arrested, processed and released on an appearance ticket returnable at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2016.


Woman Arrested for Stealing from ShopRite

3On Aug. 4, 2016 the Stony Point Police Department arrested Daphekar Jourdain, 27, of Spring Valley, New York for petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. The Stony Point Police arrested her after an investigation revealed she did remove $65.07 worth of items without paying from the Stony Point ShopRite. Jourdain was arrested, processed and released on an appearance ticket returnable at 9:00 a.m. on Sept. 20, 2016.


District Attorney’s Office

On Aug. 11, 2016 the Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe announced that Phylip Derival, 26, of 4 North Eckerson Road in Spring Valley, New York was convicted after a bench trial of one count of criminally negligent homicide, a class “E” felony relating to the killing of 26-year-old Justin Goings. District Attorney Zugibe said, “By his actions, the defendant displayed a reckless disregard for life. People must remember that a car is a weapon and, like a gun or a knife, it can kill, unless it is in responsible hands. This conviction is more than justified.”

On Dec. 18, 2014 Derival was travelling at excessive speeds, estimated at over 92 mph while driving northbound on the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Orangetown. The defendant attempted to pass in between two vehicles that were moving in the same direction.

As there was not enough room to pass, Derival collided with a Toyota Highlander traveling in the right lane and forced the other vehicle in the left lane off the roadway and into the southbound lanes. This led the defendant to lose control of his vehicle, causing it to exit the roadway where it struck a tree, killing the passenger, Justin Goings.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 27, 2016. Derival faces up to four years in state prison. First Assistant District Attorney James Mellion and Supervising Assistant District Attorney Joanna DeVito prosecuted the case.


Gunshots in Nyack

The Orangetown Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurred at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Sunday Aug. 14, 2016. Orangetown officers responded to the area of 100 Nyack Plaza in Nyack, New York after a report of shots being fired. Officers observed people running from the scene and a vehicle. OPD stopped the vehicle and found a 26-year-old male who was struck in the leg. The male stated he was walking home when he was struck and was heading to the hospital. The victim was treated at the Nyack Hospital and released. Orangetown Police and Rockland County Sheriff BCI unit processed the scene. OPD is asking any witnesses to contact the Orangetown Detective Bureau at 845-359-2121.


Sheriff’s Office 

DWI on Route 45

4On Aug. 13, 2016 at approximately 4:11 a.m. a Sheriff Patrol Officers observed Antonio Rodriguez-Hilaro, 39, of Pomona, New York operating a motor vehicle on Rt. 45 in an erratic manner. Rodriguez-Hilaro was found to be intoxicated, operating the vehicle with a suspended license and then arrested. He was charged with the following misdemeanors: aggravated DWI with B.A.C. .18% or higher, DWI first offense and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He was processed at the Sherriff Headquarters in New City, New York and released on summonses to return to the Ramapo Justice Court.


DWI on Route 59

5On Aug. 9, 2016 at approximately 4:35 a.m. a Sheriff Patrol Officer observed Todd Wilson, 29, of Spring Valley, New York operating a motor vehicle on Rt. 59 in an erratic manner. Wilson was intoxicated and arrested. He has been charged with operation of a motor vehicle with B.A.C. of .08% or more and DWI, both misdemeanors. Wilson was processed at the Sheriff Headquarters in New City, New York and released on summonses to return to the Clarkstown Justice Court.




Officer Rear-Ended by Woman on Phone

On Tuesday Aug. 16, 2016 a Ramapo officer in a marked police vehicle was stopped in traffic on Forshay Road. The vehicle behind him, operated by a 30-year-old Monsey woman, rear-ended the police vehicle. The officer received non-life threatening and the Ramapo Valley Ambulance transported the officer to the Good Samaritan Hospital emergency room. Rockland paramedics assisted at the scene. The woman was not injured. She did explain to the investigating officer she was reading an article on her phone when the accident occurred. The woman was issued tickets for using a portable electronic device while operating a vehicle and following too close.

Warrant Arrest

On Monday Aug. 15 at approximately 10:40 a.m. a 21-year-old New City resident was arrested for a warrant out of The Village of New Hempstead Justice Court. The warrant was a result of his failure to appear in court to answer a charge of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Car Hits Utility Pole

On Friday Aug. 13, 2016 at approximately 2:23 a.m. the Ramapo Police Department received a report of a car crashing into a utility pole on Rt. 45 near Washington Avenue. Responding officers located an unattended vehicle leaking gasoline and a damaged utility pole causing a power outage in the area. Witnesses saw the driver flee the scene and run toward the Village of New Square. The driver was located by the RPD officers and arrested a 58-year-old Airmont resident. He was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and operating a vehicle without an interlock Device, both misdemeanors. He was arraigned in the Ramapo Town Justice Court and the Hillcrest Fire Department assisted at the scene with the fuel spill.


6Name: Amadeo Agustin-Gomez

Age: 33

Height: 5’-6”

Weight: 150 lbs

Wanted for: Second-degree Burglary, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and resisting arrest

Man Turns Himself in for Past Crimes

On Aug. 11, 2016 at approximately 9:30 a.m. a 25-year-old Spring Valley resident turned himself in for crimes he is accused of committing during a dispute with his ex-girlfriend last week in Hillcrest. He was charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was arraigned in the Town of Ramapo Court and released upon posting bail. He is scheduled to return to court later this month.

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