Police Blotter

Ghost Gun Arrest

On September 28th, 2022 at about 7:30AM New Rochelle Police Detectives, assisted by Detectives from the Westchester County Police Real Time Crime Center and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force executed a search warrant for ghost guns on a New Rochelle home. 

 

This was a culmination of efforts of these agencies over a period of several months after receiving information that a suspect at this home was building ghost guns.  This is part of a continuing initiative to combat illegal handguns in New Rochelle as well as Westchester County.

 

ARRESTED: Jose Solano-Gaspar, 24 years of age, of New Rochelle.

 

CHARGES: NYS Penal Law 265.01-B Criminal Possession of a Firearm (2 counts) – E Felony; NYS Penal Law 265.02 Criminal Possession of Weapon 3rd Degree (2 counts – extended mag) – D Felony.

 

Found in the search were: 2 fully loaded ghost guns, 4 incomplete handguns in the process of being completed, a loaded AR-15 magazine, 9 loaded handgun magazines, 5 polymer 80 kits for building ghost guns, 3 stun guns and assorted boxes of ammunition. 

 

New Rochelle Man Sentenced to 17 Years in State Prison for Killing His Mother

Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced that New Rochelle resident Daniel Flores-Arteaga, 28, was sentenced on September 15, 2022, to 17 years in state prison, with five years of post-release supervision, for applying a fatal chokehold to his mother during a dispute in her home in New Rochelle.  

On March 17, 2020, at approximately 1 p.m., the defendant put his 54-year-old mother into a chokehold. When New Rochelle Police Officers responded to the scene, they found the defendant in the home and his mother unconscious on the floor.  

 

The victim was transported to Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital, where she never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead on March 26, 2020, as a result of her injuries. 

 

In July 2022, the defendant pled guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree, a felony.  

 

The case was before Judge James McCarty in Westchester County Court, and was prosecuted by Bureau Chief Wendy Parra of the Special Prosecutions Division.  

 

New Rochelle Man Sentenced to 17 Years in State Prison for Criminal Sexual Conduct Against a Child

Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced that 49-year-old New Rochelle resident Braulio Ramirez was sentenced on September 13, 2022, to 17 years in state prison, with 20 years of post-release supervision, for engaging in sexual conduct with a child, which resulted in a pregnancy.  

 

Between October 2019 and September 2021, starting when the minor was 11-years old, the defendant subjected the victim to intercourse and other sexual acts on multiple occasions, which resulted in the victim becoming pregnant. During the course of the sexual conduct, the defendant threatened to burn down the victim’s home with her family inside if she reported the abuse.  

 

The New Rochelle Police Department arrested the defendant on September 29, 2021, following an investigation.  

 

In August 2022, the defendant pled guilty to Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree, a violent felony, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a misdemeanor. The defendant will be required to register as a sex offender after completing his prison sentence. 

 

The case was before Judge Susan Cacace in Westchester County Court, and was prosecuted by Child Abuse Deputy Bureau Chief Owein Levin and Assistant District Attorney Brittany Burk, both of the Special Prosecutions Division.  

 

If you are a victim or a witness to a crime, please call the District Attorney’s Office Hotline at 914-995-TIPS (8477). 

 

New Rochelle Restaurant Owner Sentenced for Failing to Pay Employees More Than $23,000 in Wages  

Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced that New Rochelle resident Paul Hurley, 57, was sentenced on September 14, 2022, to three years of probation for failing to pay more than $23,000 in wages to eight workers he employed as cooks, dishwashers, food runners, kitchen runners and waiters at his New Rochelle restaurant, Hurley’s Steakhouse and Pub. The Court also ordered the defendant to pay full restitution to the victims.   

 

“Low-wage workers are the invisible labor force and more vulnerable to wage theft. Not paying these workers, who are already earning low wages, is an egregious exploitation of hardworking people and it is a crime,” DA Rocah said. “The dedicated attorneys and investigators in my office are committed to cracking down on bad actors who deny workers their pay, and protecting workers in Westchester County.” 

 

The defendant pled guilty in June 2022 to Failure to Pay Wages, a misdemeanor, for not paying the eight employees a total of $23,114 for their work between October 2018 and June 2019. The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office arrested the defendant on February 5, 2020, following an investigation conducted by the New York State Department of Labor and the Economic Crimes Bureau of the District Attorney’s Office. 

 

This case is a result of a coordinated effort by the Wage Theft Task Force to combat wage theft, support workers and recover owed wages. It is one of hundreds of agreements and convictions secured statewide requiring more than a dozen businesses and 265 individuals to pay nearly $3 million in wage restitution and contributions owed to workers and New York State. The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office is part of the Wage Theft Task Force with the New York State Department of Labor, the New York State Attorney General and District Attorneys across the state.  

 

The New York State Department of Labor also launched a new online wage theft reporting system to allow for the public to directly report wage theft. The hotline, 833-910-4378, offers language interpretation services, and is designed to protect workers privacy and safety. The public can also report any instances of wage theft and labor crimes directly to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office at 914-955-8477(TIPS). We offer language assistance and do not ask about documentation status. 

 

The case was before Judge Alexandra Murphy in Westchester County Court, and was prosecuted by Economic Crimes Bureau Chief Gwen Galef of the Trials and Investigations Division. 

 

Armed Robbery Arrest

On September 13th, 2022 at about 3:14pm, New Rochelle Police responded to 16 Cliff St on a report of an armed robbery.  The victim, a food delivery driver, told police he was accosted by two male blacks both armed with handguns, who took approximately $50 and jewelry from him.  New Rochelle Detectives were able to quickly develop leads as well as the vehicle involved.  The Westchester County Police Real Time Crime Center was notified and was able to assist in identifying the vehicle and inform other police agencies in the County.  The vehicle was then found parked and unoccupied in the City of White Plains.  Multiple Police agencies, including White Plains, Greenburgh, Westchester County as well as the FBI Safe Streets Task Force responded to assist.  

 

Shortly after finding the vehicle, 3 suspects were located nearby.  The suspects attempted to flee on foot but were apprehended without injury after a brief foot pursuit.  Two semi-automatic handguns were located in the vehicle, one of which was a ‘ghost gun’ with an extended magazine.

 

ARRESTED: Andrew Matthews, 27 years of age, of Mt. Vernon; Kassem K. Harris, 27 years of age, of Mt. Vernon; Herman I. Turner, 29 years of age, of Mt. Vernon.

 

CHARGES: NYS Penal Law 160.15 Robbery 1st Degree – B Felony; NYS Penal Law 265.03 Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd Degree – C Felony; NYS Penal Law 265.02 Criminal Possession of Weapon 3rd Degree (extended mag) – D Felony

 

Queens Man Sentenced to Eight Years in State Prison for New Rochelle Home Burglary

Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced that Queens resident Kevin Rojo-Rojo, 23, was sentenced on September 7, 2022, to eight years in state prison for a 2021 New Rochelle home burglary. The defendant’s sentence will run concurrent to a nine-year prison sentence he received in June 2022 in Nassau County Court for five residential burglaries that took place between January and April 2021 in Nassau County. 

 

In August 2022, the defendant pled guilty in Westchester County Court to Burglary in the Second Degree, a violent felony, for burglarizing a New Rochelle home at approximately 8 p.m. on March 18, 2021. During the incident, the defendant shattered a glass window to gain entry into the home and stole property from the homeowners, who were not present at the time of the incident.  

 

The New Rochelle Police Department arrested the defendant on April 21, 2022, following an investigation, with assistance from the Harrison Police Department, the Nassau County Police Department and the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.  

 

The case was before Judge Alexandra Murphy in Westchester County Court, and was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Celia Curtis of the Trials and Investigations Division.