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Police arrest suspect in Haverstraw stabbing

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On Monday, April 29, 2019 at approximately 11:20am the Haverstraw Police Department responded to the parking lot of 35 South Route 9W in West Haverstraw for a report of an assault in progress.

Upon arrival, Officers located a 24 year old female laying in the parking lot suffering from multiple stab wounds. First aid was administered to the victim by first responding Officers until Emergency Medical Service personnel arrived on the scene. A preliminary investigation at the scene determined the identity of the assailant to be Anthony Russell, age 23, and that he fled the area on foot in a southerly direction through the parking lot. A search of the area for the suspect ensued by additional responding Police Officers. Continual information was being gathered during the search from witnesses at the scene as well as witnesses who observed the suspect while he was in flight at several locations. Additional information was learned that several witnesses were following the suspect to aid the police in the apprehension of the suspect. At 11:54 am, Officers were ultimately able to apprehend the suspect approximately ½ mile away from 35 South Route 9W without incident. The suspect is identified as Anthony Russell, age 23, with an Eagle Avenue address in Bronx, New York. Further investigation determined that this was a domestic related incident as the victim has an active order of protection against Mr. Russell.

Anthony Russell was transported to the Town of Haverstraw Police Department where he was subsequently arrested and processed on the following charges:
• Attempted Murder 2nd
• Aggravated Criminal Contempt 1st
• Assault 1st
• Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th

Anthony Russell was then transported to the Town of Haverstraw Justice Court where he was arraigned by the Honorable Judge John Grant. Bail was set at one million dollars. Anthony Russell was then transported to the Rockland County Correctional Facility.

The victim was transported to Montefiore Nyack Hospital and was admitted with numerous stab wounds. The victim was listed as being in critical but stable condition.

The Town of Haverstraw Police Department would like to thank the numerous witnesses that came forward to assist in the aid of the victim as well as the apprehension of the suspect. Additionally, we would like to thank Rockland Paramedic Services, Haverstraw Volunteer Ambulance Corps as well as the Stony Point Police Department, Rockland County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police for their response.

Captain Martin Lund

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Ramapo Man Faces Charges for Sexual Abuse of Child

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Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II announced today that a Rockland County Grand Jury has indicted Ottoniel Gomez-Martinez, 42 of Ramapo, New York, on one count of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child (PL Sec. 130.96), one count of Rape in the First Degree (PL Sec. 130.35(3)), one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (PL Sec. 130.65(3)), and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (PL Sec. 260.10(1)).

On February 2, 2023, Ottoniel Gomez-Martinez is alleged to have sexually abused and raped a seven-year-old female in his home.

District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II said, “As alleged, the defendant used his relationship with the seven-year-old victim to violate and sexually abuse her. The defendant will now be held responsible for his heinous actions, and he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We must undertake all efforts to protect our children. They are the future.”

The defendant faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison on the top count. The investigation was conducted by the Ramapo Police Department with the assistance of the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office Special Victims Unit. Supervising Assistant District Attorney Gerard M. Damiani III is prosecuting the case.

It should be noted that a criminal complaint is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Police Investigating Human Fetus Discovered at Pumping Station in Nanuet

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At approximately 2:25pm on Monday January 9th, 2023 the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Rockland County Sewer District reporting that a worker recovered what appeared to be a human fetus from a catch drain at the Pascack Pumping Station located at #169 Convent Rd in Nanuet, NY. The pumping station is checked regularly, and the fetus most likely entered the sewer system earlier the same day before it was discovered.

Officers from the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office and the Clarkstown Police Department responded to the location and confirmed that it was in fact a human fetus. Detectives from the Rockland County Bureau of Criminal Investigation also responded to the scene where they were assisted by the Rockland County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The fetus was turned over to the Rockland County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the fetus was approximately 18 weeks old. They were unable to determine the sex or any other characteristics at this time.

We would encourage the mother or anyone else with information, including relatives to come forward with any information.  Tips can be called into the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 845-638-5500. All calls will be kept confidential.

For further comment or if you have any further questions, contact Sheriff Louis Falco at (845) 638-5466.

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