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BREAKING: Murder Suspect in Haverstraw 7-Eleven Road Rage Killing Dies of Apparent Suicide in Jail

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NEW CITY, NY – The Rockland County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division announced that on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at approximately 8:07 PM Corrections Officers, while making scheduled checks of the housing area, found Jason Mendez alone in his cell attempting suicide by hanging.

Corrections Officers entered the cell and performed CPR until the arrival of Emergency Medical Personnel. Efforts to revive the inmate were unsuccessful.

Jason Mendez, 36, of Washingtonville, NY was declared deceased after being found in his cell by corrections officers. The Rockland County District Attorney’s Office will oversee the investigation into the unattended death of Mr. Mendez and work with investigators from the Rockland County Sheriff’s office to determine what happened.

Jason Mendez was awaiting trial for the killing of Melissa DeLoatch, and mowing down her family in an incident that took place in February 2019 at the 7-Eleven on Central Highway in Haverstraw. The Rockland County District Attorney’s Office has notified the victim’s family.

District Attorney Tom Walsh said, “I had my office immediately contact the DeLoatch family so they did not hear about the death of Mr. Mendez through other sources. It was always our office’s hope to bring justice to the victims and their families in this horrific case and we are saddened that it will not be the case. District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II continues to offer his sympathies to the DeLoatch family and will assist them in any way to help them get past this tragedy. “I would like to reaffirm that my office will work with the investigators from the Rockland County Sheriff’s office to conduct a full and comprehensive investigation into the death of Jason Mendez.”

 

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VIDEO: Firefighters Extract Alleged Drunk Driver After Rollover Accident in Hillcrest

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HILLCREST, NY – Firefighters extracted a suspected drunk driver after rollover accident in Hillcrest on October 10, 2020 at approximately 11:40pm, Ramapo PD responded to Pennington Way in the Village of New Hempstead for a motor vehicle crash in which one of the vehicles was overturned and the driver was pinned inside.

A 2005 Mercedes Benz operated by a 44-year-old male was traveling southbound on Pennington Way when it crossed the lane of travel and struck a 1996 Toyota traveling northbound. The Mercedes then rolled over and came to rest on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Hillcrest FD quickly went to work to stabilize the vehicle before using the Rhyno Windshield Cutter to remove the windshield to free the driver. Once the driver was freed, the crews of 6-Squad and 6-Rescue had to use speedy-dry for the fluids that spilled onto the roadway as a result of the accident.

The Driver was treated by Spring Hill Ambulance and Rockland Paramedics for minor injuries and was transported to Nyack Hospital for evaluation.

He was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated by the Ramapo Police Department.

On Scene – Avrumy Biston

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Road Rage: Nanuet Man Arrested After Chaotic Incident in Hillcrest

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HILLCREST, NY – Ramapo Police Officers responded to a reported traffic dispute in the Hillcrest area of the Town of Ramapo. One motorist reportedly pulled a knife on the other motorist. The suspect fled the scene and his vehicle description was broadcasted over the radio to the responding RPD units.

One officer observed the suspect vehicle & initiated a stop on Rt 45 north of New Hempstead Rd. The suspect, a 32 year old male from Nanuet NY, was arrested & charged with Menacing in the 2nd degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th degree, Driving While Intoxicated & Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

The defendant was released on an Appearance Ticket, without bail, & advised to come to court on October 27, 2020.

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