Crime Reports November 9th-16th


Tappan Women Arrested for Assault

The Orangetown Police arrested 57 year old Phyllis Pelio of Tappan, NY for assault on Thursday night.

In an argument with another female in a home in Tappan, Pelio punched the victim in the face leaving several marks. Pelio was arrested and brought back to police headquarters where she was charged with assault in the third degree. She is due back in court on December 6th.

Drunken Driver Hits Tree in Blauvelt

On November 10th, Sumeet Bhatia (38 year old male from Blauvelt) was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Police found Bhatia’s vehicle had crashed into a group of trees.

While speaking to Bhatia, the officers noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from his breathe and his bloodshot eyes. Bhatia was transported to headquarters where he refused a breathalyzer test. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and is due in court on December 13th.

Bronx Male Arrested in Nyack with Various Charges

Michael Campolo, 28 years old from the Bronx, was arrested on November 10th for multiple charges such as aggravated unlicensed operation, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Orangetown Police stopped Campolo after committing a traffic violation. Upon futher search, if was discovered that he was operating a vehicle that was suspended in New York six times for unpaid fines. Campolo was also found with concentrated cannabis and marijuana. He was transferred to police headquarters and will be due back in court on November 22nd.

Larceny Arrest in Pearl River

Orangetown Police arrested Christopher L. Torralbas, 24 of Pearl River on Friday night for criminal possession of a stolen property, criminal possession of a controlled substance and petit larceny.

Officers witnessed Torralbas attempting to enter a parked car on Railroad Avenue to steal items from the vehicle’s owner. While searching Mr. Torralbas, officers found him to be in possession of Alprazolam, and Clonazepam pills. He was sent to the Rockland County jail and was put on $500 bail. He is pending a future court case.


Fire in Wesley Hills

Early Wednesday morning, Ramapo Police responded to a structure fire at 3 Wesley Chapel Road in Wesley Hills. All occupants of the single family home exited safely besides one who received burns to the forehead while attempting to extinguish the fire. She was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital for further treatment. Her injuries do not seem to be life threatening.

The Tallman Fire Company responded to the scene along with other town Fire Departments such as Suffern, Monsey, Hillcrest and Mahwah. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Gas Station Assault

On November 8th, the Ramapo Police Department received a call from a duress alarm from a local gas station. When officers arrived, they saw that the clerk was assaulted by a customer. The clerk said the customer was angry for no reason and pushed the cash register and other items onto the clerk. The customer then left the store and drove off. Police officers found the suspect and arrested him, charging the twenty year old male from Suffern with assault, criminal mischief and harassment.

Marijuana arrest in Hillcrest

The Ramapo Police received a call about a suspicious car on Razel Avenue in Hillcrest last Thursday afternoon. When approached by officers the 20 year old man stated “it seemed like a nice, quiet place to smoke marijuana.” He then showed the police his marijuana and was arrested.

Ramapo Police Cracking Down on DWIs

Two DWI arrests were made last weekend by the RPD. On Saturday, an officer observed a vehicle speeding on East Hickory Street in Hillcrest. After stopping and investigating the vehicle and driver, it was discovered that the driver, 25 year old male from Spring Valley was driving with a blood alcohol content level greater than .08%. He was brought back to headquarters and will appear in court.

Sunday morning, a Ramapo police officer observed a vehicle pull into the parking lot of a closed service station on Route 59 in Airmont. Upon interviewing the driver, a 35 year old male from Middletown, NY, the officer saw signs of intoxication. He was transported to headquarters where it was confirmed he was driving while intoxicated.

Compliance Check has Two Liquors Stores in Trouble

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (SPCC) and STOP-DWI in Rockland conducted compliance checks on 15 different liquor stores. An undercover agent below the age of 21 went into these liquor stores attempting to purchase alcohol. Of the 15 stores, 13 of them passed while the other two, Look and Pick Convenience Store and Crest Hill Liquors did sell alcohol to the minor. The store representatives were charged with sale of alcohol to a minor and will appear in court to answer the charges.

Vehicle Crash leads to DWI Arrest in Airmont

On November 15th, Ramapo Police responded to a motor vehicle accident that had injuries on South Airmont Road. After investigation, one of the drivers, a 54 year old man from Montebello was arrested for driving while intoxicated and issued two traffic tickets for speeding and following too close. It was later found that his blood alcohol content level was three times over the legal limit and was charged with aggravated driving. He was taken to police headquarters and put on $2,500 bail. His court case is scheduled for December 1st.

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Sprayed in Pomona

The Ramapo Police Department received a call Monday morning regarding anti-Semitic graffiti spray painted on the street in front of two houses on Carteret Drive in Pomona. The graffiti said “No Jews” in orange paint. Both houses were for sale and had real-estate signs on their front lawns. Upon further investigation, officers found the same words in the same color paint on a real-estate sign on the corner of Conklin Road and Carteret. Ramapo Detectives are still on the case.


DWI Arrest in West Nyack

Screen Shot 2016-11-16 at 8.41.04 PM            Early Saturday morning, the Clarkstown Police arrested Edwin Zarzuela, 45 of New Windsor, for driving while intoxicated.

An officer stopped his vehicle on Route 303 for a traffic infraction and upon interviewing him, he appeared to be intoxicated. He was transported to headquarters where he failed his breathalyzer test. Along with his DWI, Zarzuela was also charged with aggravated DWI, driving on the shoulder and aggravated unlicensed operator. His bail is set at $5,000.

Fugitives Wanted by CPD

Adrianne Grassi, 31 year old from Haverstraw and Aniska Jean-Baptiste, 25 from Spring Valley are wanted by the Clarkstown Police Department. Grassi is a black female who has black hair and brown eyes and is around 5’7. She is wanted for larceny and possession of stolen property. Jean-Baptiste is also a black female with black hair and brown eyes and is about 5’5. She is also wanted for larceny and possession of stolen property. If you have any information of these two, call the police Department at (845) 639-5880.

Car Larcenies in Nanuet and New City

There has been a rise in reports on car break-ins over the past few weeks in Nanuet and New City, 17 as of October 17th. Suspects have been breaking windows and stealing items from vehicles such as money, computers, handbags and other valuables objects.

The Clarkstown Police Department has been an increasing the number of officers patrolling areas at night. The CPD asks you to lock your cars and remove items of value when you exit.

Robbery Arrest in Nanuet

On Friday, November 11th, the Clarkstown Police arrested Ryan Christiansen, a 19 year old man from Spring Valley for robbery with a knife. The victim, who was a 26 year old man from Nanuet, was not injured.

Upon interviewing the victim, he said that the unknown white male broke into the victim’s car. The victim chased the suspect down the street, taking a picture of him. The suspect then displayed a large knife and fled on foot. Police used that picture to identify the young man.

Christiansen will be charged with robbery, grand larceny, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. He was arranged in the Clarkstown Justice Court and is set on $20,000 bail.

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