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Two Rockland Men Indicted on Charges of Sexual Abuse of Children

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NEW CITY, NY – Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh announced the indictments of two men on two separate charges relating to the sexual abuse of young children that occurred in Rockland County over the past few weeks. Both victims were 11 year old females.

Pedro Francisco, 20, of Sparkill, NY, was indicted on charges of Rape in the First Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Fransico is accused of sexually abusing an 11-year old victim in the Town of Orangetown on March 1, 2021. The case came to police attention when the child was reported missing to authorities in New Jersey earlier that day. The case was investigated by the Town of Orangetown Police Department with the assistance of the Special Victims Unit of the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Stefanie Schera.

Santos Santana-Quintanilla, 40, of Orange, NJ, was indicted on charges of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child, Rape in the First Degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The incident occurred during February 2021 in Suffern, NY. The defendant and his 11-year old victim met several years prior to the incident at their church in the Village of Spring Valley. This case was investigated by the Village of Suffern Police with the assistance of the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office, the Village of Spring Valley Police, the City of Orange Police, and the Special Victims Unit of the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Executive Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Devlin.

Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh said ”The priority in these horrific crimes must be to do our best to protect and assist the victims and their families. Rest assured, we are going to do everything to ensure maximum prosecution is achieved. I have to point out the efforts of all law enforcement agencies involved with these investigations. They are working tirelessly to do everything for our young victims.”

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Ramapo and Suffern Detectives Arrest Three Suspects in Theft of Hundreds of Gallons of Used Commercial Cooking Oil

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SUFFERN, NY – In the early hours of Thursday (April 15, 2021) morning a Ramapo midnight patrol officer conducted a traffic stop on Route 17 for Vehicle and Traffic Law violations. The officer observed evidence of a possible theft of used commercial cooking oil inside the vehicle.

Ramapo and Suffern Police Detectives responded and upon further investigation discovered that the three suspects had stolen hundreds of gallons of used commercial cooking oil from businesses in the Village of Suffern. The suspects were arrested and charged with the thefts in Suffern as well as possessing stolen property in Ramapo.

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Rockland Man Arrested for Selling Illegal Guns

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Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II announced the arrest of Darren Jemison, 36, of Nyack, NY for selling guns as part of an ongoing operation to get illegal guns off the streets of Rockland County.

In January of 2020, the Rockland County Drug Task Force and Town of Orangetown Police began an investigation into the sale of illegal firearms in the Village of Nyack. The task force conducted several undercover operations during which Darren Jemison sold several firearms to an individual. These illegal gun sales all took place in the area of the Nyack Plaza housing complex. The firearms purchased included 2 loaded Taurus 9mm pistols and a loaded Taurus .38 special revolver. Jemison was indicted by a Rockland County Grand Jury on charges of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd, Criminal Sale of a Firearm 3rd, and Criminal Possession of a Firearm. In December 2020, an arrest warrant was signed by Rockland County Court Judge Russo.

“The coordination between our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in getting illegal firearms off our streets and out of the hands of criminals is paramount in our efforts to end the gun violence that puts our community in danger.  We will actively pursue any leads regarding illegal guns and encourage any person with information to contact the police department or the Tip411 hotline”, said Orangetown Police Chief Donald Butterworth.

Jemison surrendered to the Orangetown Police on April 8, 2021 and was turned over to the Rockland County Sheriffs Office on an active arrest warrant for listed charges. Jemison was arraigned in Rockland County Court.

Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh said,” As we see an increase in gun violence in our County, we have to commend the hard work of these officers who are out there combating this very dangerous issue. We will not tolerate gun violence in Rockland County.”

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