PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police arrest man in immigration scam targeting undocumented Hispanic families
Yonkers, NY – Today, Mayor Mike Spano and Police Commissioner Charles Gardner announced the felony arrest of Juan CEDILLO at a press conference held at Saint Peter’s Church on Riverdale Avenue. CEDILLO is accused of defrauding multiple Yonkers undocumented immigrant Hispanic families with the false promise of immigration status legalization in exchange for money. To date, we have identified over 40 Yonkers families that have paid over $300,000 to CEDILLO.
CEDILLO, a 63-year-old resident of Washington State, was the vice-president of United States Counter Insurgents Association of Justice, Inc., a dissolved Washington State corporation. Investigation has yielded that as early as November 2013, CEDILLO had established contact with undocumented immigrant Hispanic families in Yonkers and offered immigration services to them in exchange for money. Specifically, it is alleged that CEDILLO represented himself as an operator with connections to various Federal agencies and that he had the ability to successfully advocate on his clients behalf to obtain a U-Visa and legal status through his company. CEDILLO required interested participates to join his organization for the amount of $5,000, and then for an additional $3,000 he would process their application. In reality, CEDILLO would simply submit a U-Visa application – which is available online – with false and incomplete information and submit to the Federal government for standard processing. CEDILLO falsely indicated that the applicant(s) were a victim of crime (a requirement for a successful U-Visa application), and he failed to include necessary supporting documents. None of CEDILLO’s U-Visa applications for Yonkers families have been approved or led to a change of immigration status.
CEDILLO’s application process often spanned the course of years, with multiple victims sending money to CEDILLO multiple times. CEDILLO met with Yonkers families in their homes, local hotels, and even community rooms, traveling back and forth between Washington and New York. As families became suspicious of CEDILLO, they contacted local community based organizations who notified local law enforcement. Working together, City officials and these groups have identified multiple families who have been victimized by CEDILLO, and the investigation is continuing.
“Yonkers stands strong in supporting our most vulnerable communities,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “This individual preyed on our residents, selling them hope and promise for a better life, and instead delivered deceit and disappointment. Thank you to the Yonkers Police Department for their diligent work and for continually serving and protecting all our residents and the lives they establish here.”
Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “The Yonkers Police Department is committed to protecting all our residents. Our strong relationship with all our community members benefits both law enforcement and the people of Yonkers, creating that essential cooperation necessary to make sure that those who would target our residents are arrested and delivered into the Criminal Justice System.”
CEDILLO was arrested on February 25th, 2019, and charged with one count of Grand Larceny 3’, a Class D Felony in the New York State Penal Law. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. Charges may be added and or upgraded as the investigation continues. CEDILLO is currently in-custody at the Westchester County Jail; his next court date is scheduled for April 1st, 2019. CEDILLO’s criminal history includes numerous arrests for check fraud dating back to the 1970’s.
The Yonkers Police Department is working closely with our State and Federal law enforcement partners to identify additional victims who may have been defrauded by CEDILLO and his organization. Any individuals or families who have been affected by this scam are encouraged to contact the Yonkers Police Intelligence Unit at (914) 377-7340. The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office maintains an Office of Immigrant Affairs that assists with the U-Visa process – they may be contacted at (914) 995-1616.
NOTE: Booking charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law
Yonkers Police to host *Pizza with a Police Officer* at Dunwoodie Pizzeria - Tomorrow 5 PM to 7 PM
Tomorrow! Pizza with a Police Officer!! Dunwoodie Pizzeria 5 PM - 7 PM!!!
The Yonkers Police Department is pleased to announce our upcoming Pizza with a Police Officer event to be hosted at Dunwoodie Pizzeria! Join us to meet and greet your local police officers and neighbors, and chat over a slice of pizza!
Many of our outreach programs run during the day while people work – Pizza with a Police Officer is held in the evening to give everyone a chance to participate. Friendly conversation with your local patrol officers. Bring the kids!
Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 5 PM to 7 PM at Dunwoodie Pizzeria, 683 Yonkers Avenue
PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police arrest wife in domestic violence shooting incident
Yonkers, NY – On Wednesday, March 20th, 2019, at approximately 5:03 AM, Yonkers Police Communications Division received a 911 mobile telephone call from the female occupant of an apartment located within 14 Bronxville Glen Drive; she advised dispatchers that she had just shot her husband. Police units from the 2nd Precinct and Emergency Service Unit responded immediately and located the husband down on the living room floor with an apparent single gunshot wound to his abdomen; officers rendered medical aid and the victim was transported to a local area trauma center where he is currently listed in serious but stable condition. The female suspect remained at scene and was placed into custody without incident. A criminal investigation was initiated.
Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene and are actively working at this time to enhance the investigation, including speaking with neighbors, processing forensic and ballistic evidence, and executing search warrants. Four handguns were recovered from the apartment and are pending further analysis. Investigation has yielded that the wife allegedly shot her husband; her motivations are being examined at this time. There were no other persons present inside the apartment at the time of the incident, and no other injuries were reported.
The female suspect is identified as Sloane FLECKMAN-FINN, a 44-year-old resident of this City; the male victim is identified as Eric FINN, a 46-year-old resident also of this City. Sloane FLECKMAN-FINN was placed under arrest and charged with Assault 1’, a Class B Violent Felony in the New York State Penal Law; she is expected to be arraigned later today. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. Additional information may be released as it becomes available.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Yonkers Police Detective Division at (914) 377-7724 – all calls will remain confidential. 100% anonymous tips can be sent by texting the key word YPD plus the tip to 847411. Anonymous tips can also be sent to us directly through the Yonkers PD Tips app which can be downloaded for free to any Apple or Android device.
NOTE: Booking charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
3rd PRECINCT FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT AT THE CHEMA CENTER ON SATURDAY APRIL 6TH AT 6:00 PM !
Hello all, we will be holding a FREE 3rd Precinct Family Movie Night on Saturday April 6th at 6:00 pm at the Chema Center located at 435 Riverdale Avenue (next door to our precinct). We will have FREE popcorn and treats for the kids. It will give the kids and their parents a chance to meet some of their local officers who work here at the Third Precinct. We may even have a few SURPRISE guest appearances..........
Our feature film will be Disney's Zootopia. From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.
So come on out for a great evening with members of the Third Precinct, DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 PM SO GET HERE EARLY FOR A GOOD SEAT !!!!
Captain Patrick McCormack, Commanding Officer 3rd Precinct
PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police investigate fatal motor vehicle accident, seek public’s assistance
Yonkers, NY – On Friday, March 8th, 2019, at approximately 2:55 AM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the area of Bruce Avenue at Radford Street on a report of a male struck by a vehicle. Thereat officers located a male pedestrian victim of a motor vehicle accident down on the road with severe injuries; medical aid was rendered to the victim and he was brought to a local area trauma center where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries and died. The victim is identified as Jesus Angel VILLANUEVA, a 23-year-old resident of Radford Street this City. A criminal investigation was initiated.
Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit, along with investigators from the Accident Investigation Unit, responded to the scene, interviewing subjects and witnesses, reviewing surveillance video, and processing forensic evidence. Investigation has yielded that the victim was struck by a gray four-door passenger sedan near the intersection of Bruce Avenue at Radford Street; the vehicle did not stop and fled the area. Detectives are actively working to identify the registration and operator / occupant(s) of the vehicle; no arrests have been made at this time.
Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the wanted vehicle; still images are attached. The Yonkers Police Department is also offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the operator. Anyone with information regarding the registration of the vehicle, or the identity of the operator / occupant(s), is asked to call the Yonkers Police Detective Division at (914) 377-7724 – all calls can remain confidential. 100% anonymous tips can be sent by texting the key word YPD plus the tip to 847411. Anonymous tips can also be sent to us directly through the Yonkers PD Tips app which can be downloaded for free to any Apple or Android device.
The City of Yonkers and Yonkers Police Department offers its sincere condolences to the family of the victim.
MISSING CHILD ALERT *** HARRIS, Mel - Age 17 - autistic child, may be in need of medical attention
MISSING CHILD ALERT
Missing From: YONKERS, New York
Date Missing: 03/14/2019
Other Information: Mel Harris is a 17-year-old missing child who has autism and may be in need of medical attention. He was last seen on foot on Hoover Road in the city of Yonkers, Westchester County, at 6:48 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. Mel was last seen wearing a red sweatshirt, blue jeans and glasses.
Case Date: 03/15/2019
Yonkers City Police Department Communications Division
(914) 377-7900 or 911
PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police announce results of the 2018 Public Opinion Survey
Yonkers, NY – The Yonkers Police Department is pleased to announce the results of the second annual Public Opinion Survey which was designed to obtain feedback from the public regarding community partnerships, mutual respect, and problem solving strategies. The survey, which was administered by OrgVitality, a New York based consulting firm, received community feedback on areas such as professionalism, law enforcement, community interaction, fairness, listening ability, and trust & confidence in its members. Results include:
82% of respondents are satisfied that Yonkers Police Officers act in a professional manner;
79% have trust and confidence in the Yonkers Police Department;
81% think Yonkers Police Officers treat people fairly;
77% believe that the Yonkers Police Department is effective in listening to their concerns;
82% provided a positive rating on the Yonkers Police Department enforcing the law.
The Yonkers Police Department continues to recognize the importance of its relationship with the community, and that successful policing and crime prevention can only take place when working together with those they serve.
“The men and women of the Yonkers Police Department are an integral part of the safety of our City, protecting our families and safeguarding our neighborhoods,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “The survey results are a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our officers along with the extensive community outreach programs the Department has initiated. I applaud the YPD’s commitment to serve Yonkers residents with integrity and I’m proud that our crime rates in 2018 were the lowest ever recorded in our City’s history.”
Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “Yonkers Police Officers once again have much to be proud of as this report reflects. Since the beginning of this administration in 2012, the Yonkers Police Department has made community relations a top priority and it's clear from the survey results that our officers continue to engage with the community in a positive way. As with any large organization, there is always room for improvement, and this report highlights areas and opportunities were we can adjust police services to meet the needs and expectations of the public we serve.”
The survey report with supporting data is attached to this press release (email) and can also be downloaded from our website at https://www.yonkersny.gov/live/public-safety/police-department/2018-public-opinion-survey.
Join the Yonkers Police for their spring Stop & Shake event at the Cross County Shopping Center! Tuesday, Apr 16, 1 PM - 3 PM
Join Us as members of the Yonkers Police Department engage in a spring Stop & Shake event at the Cross County Shopping Center! Tuesday, April 16th, from 1 PM - 3 PM! Local Police Officers will be walking, meeting & greeting shoppers and community members! Our Mobile Command Center will also be there, bring the kids!
Stop & Shake is a City initiative created by local resident and community activist Hector Santiago in partnership with the Yonkers Police Department to build strong personal relationships between law enforcement and the community they serve. Stop & Shake encourages residents and Police Officers to proactively communicate with each other through a common greeting – the handshake.
Cross County Shopping Center, one of the first open-air shopping centers in the nation, is an iconic Westchester destination featuring over 100 stores and eateries including Shake Shack, Zara, Macy’s, Pandora and more. Known for festive, seasonal events and family-friendly amenities such as a Luckey Climber playground, Cross County also offers free parking year-round.
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