Crime Reports


Marijuana Arrest in Montebello

On January 4 around 10:30 p.m., Ramapo police officers approached a vehicle in a parking lot in Montebello occupied by two men. The officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana and arrested the two men, one 32-year-old from Congers and one 33-year-old from Pomona for unlawful possession of marijuana. The 33-year-old had an active warrant on him in the Village of Spring Valley as well.

Vehicle Hits Tree in Hillcrest

Ramapo Police responded to Crystal Street in Hillcrest on a report of a motor vehicle accident. The speeding vehicle crashed into a tree which caused it to roll over on its side. The driver was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital for a leg injury and was issued two tickets; one for speeding and one for driving a vehicle with an expired license.

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Fight Breaks Out after Ramapo HS Basketball Game

The Ramapo Police responded to Ramapo High School Friday night on a report of a fight between ten people after the basketball game in the parking lot. The responding officer got herself between two males who were in a physical confrontation.

After breaking up the fight, one male remained loud and aggressive so she handcuffed and arrested him. The rest of the crowd was dispersed while the one male was transported to the stationhouse for processing. The suspect was charged with disorderly conduct and will return to New Hempstead Court at a later time.

Domestic Dispute in Spring Valley

The Ramapo Police responded to a home in Spring Valley on a report of a domestic dispute. It was reported that the 34-year-old male suspect had forcibly pulled his former girlfriend from her car and threw her to the ground causing injury and ripping her jacket. After the man kicked her front bumper causing damage to her car.

The suspect was charged with criminal mischief in the third degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, assault in the third degree and harassment in the second degree. His bail is set at $10,000 and will appear in the Ramapo Justice Court.

Near Accident Causes Arrest of Spring Valley Man

Ramapo Police Arrested a 43-year-old Spring Valley man on Tuesday for driving with a suspended license.

The driver nearly hit a town employee picking up trash in the area of Forest Knoll Drive and Chestwood Drive around 6:15 a.m. The driver, who was delivering newspapers, was driving erratically and nearly struck the employee. The driver was issued summonses and placed under arrest.


Assault in Suffern

Suffern Police Arrested a 26-year-old Suffern man for kicking a nurse in the face over the weekend, causing injuries to her eye and nose. He was charged with assault in the second degree and is pending a future court case.

Man Arrested for Stealing Baby Formula

An officer on patrol was alerted by his license plate reader that a vehicle that had just passed him on Lafayette Avenue showed the owner to be a missing person. The officer followed the vehicle that then began driving in an erratic manner.

When the vehicle was finally stopped it was determined that the driver and the passenger had stolen seven containers of baby formula and a shopping cart from the CVS in Montebello. They were charged with possession of stolen property and larceny.

Suffern Man Arrested for Menacing

On Sunday, the Suffern Police arrest a 28 year-old for criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

Officers responded to 50 Wayne Avenue on a report of a disturbance. They learned that the suspect was waving a large knife in a threatening manner towards other residents. He was sent to the county jail.


Bronx Woman Arrested for Identity Theft

Clarkstown Police responded to the Chase Bank in Valley Cottage on a report of a fraudulent check on January 9. Responding officers interviewed the 41-year-old bank manager who stated the suspect attempted to cash an apparent fraudulent check. The supect, 51-year-old Bronx resident, Maria Ruiz provided a fake Connecticut driver’s license as a form of ID.

She was arrested and charged with identity theft in the first degree, possession of a forged instrument and attempted grand larceny in the fourth degree. Ruiz’s bail was set at $15,000 and she returned to court on January 11 at 1:30 p.m.

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Larceny Arrest at Palisades Mall

On January 7, the Clarkstown Police responded to Lord and Taylor’s in the Palisades Mall in West Nyack on a report of shoplifting. The suspect, Ruth Mendez (29 of Haverstraw) was observed by an employee stealing three boxes of merchandise valued at $340; the merchandise consisted of Chanel perfume. Mendez had stolen from Lord and Taylor’s before in November and signed a trespass notice to never to return to the store again, and if she did it would result in a criminal offense.

Mendez was arrested and charged with burglary in the third degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth, petit larceny and criminal trespass in the third. Her bail was set at $20,000 and she appeared in court on January 11.

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Burglary Arrest in Sparkill

On January 3, the Orangetown Police arrested Alex Izar, 28 of Tappan, for burglary, attempted assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.

Officers responded to Haring Avenue in Sparkill on a call of a burglary. Upon arrival the victim stated Izar had stabbed the front window of his home with a large knife attempting to gain entry into the house. This action caused shards of glass to strike the victim’s face, causing lacerations. Izar fled the scene but was caught by police and transported to headquarters. He was placed on $50,000 bail.

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DWI Arrest in Blauvelt

The Orangetown Police arrested Gerard Tonner (52 years old of Dumont, NJ) for driving while intoxicated on Friday, January 6. Police responded to an accident on Route 303 in Blauvelt. The driver, Tonner, drove his vehicle off the road and into a ditch. He was able to exit with only minor injuries. Upon speaking with Mr. Tonner, officers observed the strong smell of alcohol, his glassy eyes and slurred speech. Officers also noticed that Tonner’s license was suspended.

Tonner was transported to Nyack Hospital where he refused to take a chemical test to determine the alcohol content of his blood. Upon his release from the hospital, he was then transported to police headquarters where he was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree and driving while intoxicated. His court date is set for January 25.



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