Y.P.D. Police Beat - May 2019

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May 2019

 

*** PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police Detectives arrest Warburton Avenue shooter, charge attempted Murder

Yonkers, NY – Yonkers Police Detectives assigned to the Major Case Squad arrested the man suspected of shooting a victim on Warburton Avenue Saturday night.

 

Eddie C. JACKSON, Jr., a 23-year-old resident of Lincoln Terrace this City, was placed into custody yesterday morning while at Yonkers Criminal Court on an unrelated matter. Investigators developed information and recovered surveillance video that assisted in identifying JACKSON as the shooter; investigation has yielded that JACKSON allegedly approached a group of men in front of 325 Warburton Avenue and displayed a handgun, firing several shots directed at a 24-year-old victim and striking him at least two times before fleeing. Detectives believe that this incident was the culmination of previous on-going disputes between the two men. In addition to arresting JACKSON, Detectives executed a search warrant in an effort to locate the handgun and recover additional evidence. The investigation is on-going and additional information may be released as it becomes available.

 

Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “Violent acts will not be tolerated in our City and in our communities, and those who would choose to engage in this behavior are forewarned that the Yonkers Police will commit every resource to track you down, arrest you, and deliver you into the Criminal Justice System where you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Our Detectives quickly made an arrest only days after the incident, a testament to their professionalism and dedication to public safety, and I applaud their efforts.”

 

JACKSON was arrested and booked on charges of Attempted Murder 2, a Class A-I Violent Felony in the New York State Penal Law; and Assault 2, a Class D Violent Felony in the New York State Penal Law. JACKSON is scheduled to be arraigned later today in Yonkers Criminal Court and is expected to be remanded to the Westchester County Jail. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

 

NOTE: Booking charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. ###


 

PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police arrest, charge suspect in three commercial burglaries

Yonkers, NY – Detectives and Police Officers assigned to the Major Case Squad and Pattern Crimes Task Force apprehended and arrested Kevin JONES early this morning and booked him on charges related to the commercial burglaries of two Dunkin Donuts stores and a Subway Restaurant:

 

On Thursday, May 16th, 2019, at approximately 3:16 AM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the Dunkin Donuts at 1034 North Broadway on a report of a past burglary. Investigation at scene yielded that suspect(s) smashed the front door glass to gain unlawful entry and removed approximately $600 USC from the store’s register before fleeing the scene; door, glass, and register damage was estimated to be $20,000 USC.

 

On Thursday, May 16th, 2019, at approximately 3:44 AM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the Subway Restaurant at 328 Tuckahoe Road on a report of a past burglary. Investigation at scene yielded that suspect(s) smashed the front door glass to gain unlawful entry but was unable to locate any currency before fleeing the scene; door, glass, and register damage estimates are unknown at this time.

 

On Saturday, May 18th, 2019, at approximately 3:46 AM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the Dunkin Donuts at 678 Central Park Avenue on a report of a past burglary. Investigation at scene yielded that suspect(s) smashed the front door glass to gain unlawful entry and removed approximately $250 USC from the store’s register before fleeing the scene; door, glass, and register damage was estimated to be $2,200 USC.

 

Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit responded to all three locations, interviewing subjects and witnesses, reviewing surveillance video, and processing forensic evidence. Investigation yielded that in all three incidents the suspect(s) would throw rocks and or kick door and window glass in order to smash the same and force unlawful entry; once inside the premises, they would damage the cash registers and remove the drawers including any currency before fleeing the scene. During Thursday morning’s events, they utilized the services of an Uber driver to travel between locations; several cash drawers were also recovered as evidence, having been discarded along the route. Investigators immediately connected all three incidents and quickly identified JONES as a person of interest. A detail including members from the Major Case Squad and Pattern Crimes Task Force set out to locate JONES and apprehended him early this morning without incident; upon questioning, JONES made admissions to perpetrating the above crimes.

 

Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “The safety of our residents and communities is a top priority for the Yonkers Police Department, and that includes our business community. Let this arrest be a warning to those who would prey on our hardworking business owners, that you will be arrested and held accountable for your crimes. I applaud the efforts of our Police Officers and Detectives in quickly closing-out these three cases.”

 

JONES, a 57-year-old resident of Palisade Avenue this City, was arrested and charged on three counts of Burglary 3, a Class D Felony in the New York State Penal Law; he is scheduled to be arraigned later today. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

 

NOTE: Booking charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. 


PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police investigate Warburton Avenue shooting incident

Yonkers, NY – On Saturday, May 18th, 2019, at approximately 9:42 PM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the area of 295 Warburton Avenue on a report of shots fired with a male victim. Upon arrival officers located a crime scene and began canvassing the vicinity. The victim was located at a local area hospital with apparent gunshot wounds to his arm and chest; he was transferred to a local area trauma center where is currently listed in stable but serious condition with non-life threatening injuries. Officers cordoned off the area and initiated a criminal investigation.

 

Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene, interviewing subjects and witnesses, reviewing surveillance video, and processing forensic evidence. Preliminary investigation has yielded that the victim, a 24-year-old resident of Warburton Avenue this City, was standing in front of the liquor store at 325 Warburton Avenue with a group of people. A suspect approached on foot and displayed a handgun, firing several shots in the direction of the victim, striking him at least two times; the suspect then fled the area on foot, and the victim was conveyed by a private vehicle to the hospital. Investigators believe that the victim and suspect were known to each other and this is not random event. Surveillance video has been recovered and detectives are developing information to identify the suspect and effect an arrest.

 

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. ###

 


THIRD PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT AT THE CHEMA CENTER AT 7:30 PM

Tonight (5-15-19) we will be having our monthly Third Precinct Community Council Meeting at the Chema Center (435 Riverdale Avenue) starting at 7:30 pm.  This is a great opportunity for residents to be heard on police related issues and stay informed on local precinct news.   Tonight we will also be having a special musical guest........  So stop by and say hello !

 

Captain Patrick McCormack, Commanding Officer Third Precinct  

 


 

Yonkers Police to Participate in National Police Week 2019 - Events Schedule

PLEASE SEE ATTACHED EVENTS SCHEDULE

 

The Yonkers Police Department will be taking part in National Police Week from May 9th through May 17th. President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. It has now grown into a collaborative effort of many different law enforcement organizations to honor America’s law enforcement community across the country. https://nleomf.org/programs-events/national-police-week

 

All four Precincts will be hosting open houses during the week, residents are encouraged to stop by and meet your local Officers. Community Affairs will be holding several free events throughout the week, including a Block Watch and Crime Prevention resource table at the Ridge Hill Shopping Center; car seat installations to keep your little ones safe; and a First Responder's Disability Registry information and sign-up station at the Cross County Shopping Center.

 

All week, our Mobile Command Center will be at various locations throughout the City, stop in and take a look!

 

On Thursday, May 16th, visit us in Getty Square and shake hands with an Officer as part of our Stop & Shake station.

 

Also on Thursday, May 16th, we will be holding our annual Awards Ceremony at beautiful Untermyer Park and Gardens, where we officially recognize the outstanding work of the dedicated men and women of the Yonkers Police Department. Immediately afterwards, a Memorial Service will be held for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our noble profession.

 

Please see the attached program for National Police Week 2019 for all our scheduled events. A Community Affairs Unit Officer can be reached at (914) 377-7375 if residents have any questions.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE *** Juvenile murder suspect Jamir Thompson surrenders to Yonkers Police

Yonkers, NY – Jamir THOMPSON, wanted for the alleged murder of 18-year-old Marilyn Cotto Montanez, turned himself in early this morning to police officers at the Yonkers Police 3rd Precinct on Riverdale Avenue. Shortly before 1 AM, the 15-year-old THOMPSON who was in the company of his mother and an attorney presented himself to officers who placed him into custody without incident; he was then taken to the Yonkers Police Youth Services Division on North Broadway where he was processed on the warrant for his arrest. Detectives then transferred THOMPSON to the Westchester County Court in White Plains where he is currently being arraigned before a Superior Court judge in the Youth Part of Criminal Court.

“Today’s surrender of Jamir Thompson is the direct result of the hard work and dedication of the Yonkers Police Department,” stated Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “Their tireless efforts in tracking this individual gave him no other choice than to turn himself in for his heinous crime against a young woman with a bright future. Great job by our Yonkers’ finest. I look forward to seeing justice served for the sake of the family and friends of Marilyn and our Yonkers community.”

Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “Jamir Thompson has been taken into custody and will now have to answer for his despicable actions. I applaud the dedication of our Police Officers and Detectives and their on-going, relentless pursuit of justice for the family of Marilyn Cotto Montanez.”

THOMPSON was booked on a single charge of Murder 2, a Class A-I Violent Felony in the New York State Penal Law. It is expected that THOMPSON will be remanded to a juvenile detention facility subsequent to his arraignment as a juvenile offender. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. Additional information may be released as it becomes available.

NOTE: Booking charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police increase reward to $10,000 for Jamir Thompson

Yonkers, NY – The Yonkers Police Department is actively searching for murder suspect Jamir THOMPSON. Numerous tips have been submitted and every lead is being investigated. THOMPSON is believed to be in hiding and receiving assistance from third parties.

 

The Yonkers Police Department is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of THOMPSON – please see attached flyer. Anyone who knowingly assists or harbors THOMPSON will be arrested and charged with Hindering Prosecution 1, a Class D Felony in the New York State Penal Law.

 

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of THOMPSON 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. ###

 


Yonkers Police to participate in the 33rd annual Special Olympics NY torch run tomorrow May 2nd - 8 AM @ 3rd Pct

 

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics (LETR) is the Special Olympics movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the world. In 2015, dedicated law enforcement volunteers raised over USD $55 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and eclipsed USD $618 million raised since the inception of the LETR. The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas (USA) Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for and increase awareness of Special  Olympics. The LETR was quickly endorsed by Special Olympics and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), now recognized as the founding Law Enforcement  organization of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics.

 

Over the past 36 years, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has evolved from a symbolic awareness run to a very significant, annual fundraising effort conducted by the law enforcement  community. From Torch Run T-shirt and hat sales and to a wide variety and multitude of special events, such as golf tournaments, Over the Edge, "Tip-A-Cop" events, Polar Plunges®, the World’s Largest Truck Convoy® and Cops on Doughnut Shops® fundraisers, the LETR raises funds so that more Special Olympics athletes can benefit in many areas of their lives through sports training and competition. More than 97,000 law enforcement members in all 50 U.S. States, 12 Canadian provinces/territories, and 43 other countries contribute to LETR efforts annually as Guardians of the Flame®, ensuring the delivery of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope™ to the Opening Ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions,  state/provincial Games, and national/regional Games. Since 1987, law enforcement officers from around the world have gathered to carry the Flame of Hope in a Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg in conjunction with Special Olympics World Summer and World Winter Games. Since 2001, Special Olympics athletes have participated as members of the Unified Final Leg Team


 

*** PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police identify suspect in Marilyn Cotto Montanez homicide investigation

Yonkers, NY – Mayor Mike Spano and Police Commissioner Charles Gardner held a press conference today in Yonkers City Hall announcing investigative progress into the homicide investigation of Marilyn Cotto Montanez and the identity of the alleged shooter.

 

Wanted for murder is Jamir THOMPSON, a 15-year-old resident of this City. Investigation has yielded that on the day of the incident, THOMPSON had taken by force a gold chain from another person; that person and THOMPSON along with others later engaged in a dispute in the area of Lake Avenue at Morningside Avenue, where it is alleged that THOMPSON displayed a handgun and fired at least one shot in the direction of the other group – that shot struck Cotto Montanez, an unintended target and innocent victim. A 9MM cartridge casing was recovered from scene.

 

THOMPSON fled the area and is believed to be in hiding; he may be receiving assistance from third parties. Yonkers Police Detectives and investigators have been working diligently to enhance this investigation and locate THOMPSON who may have fled the New York metropolitan area.

 

The Yonkers Police Department is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of THOMPSON – please see attached flyer. Additionally, anyone found to be harboring THOMPSON may be subject to arrest and prosecution.

 

Anyone with information regarding this incident or the whereabouts of THOMPSON is encouraged to contact the Yonkers Police Detective Division at (914) 377-7725 – 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. 

 


Today is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Help fight the opioid crisis

Bring your unwanted medications and prescription drugs to any Yonkers Police precinct for disposal

 

From the DEA: The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

 

The City of Yonkers and Yonkers Police Department supports national efforts to reduce opioids in our communities. In April 2016, the Department launched the HEART Initiative (Heroin Enforcement and Assistance Response Team). HEART is the Yonkers Police Department's approach to combating the growing epidemic of heroin addiction. It consists of a three prong approach: Prevention, Assistance and Enforcement. The primary focus of this initiative is on treatment of the disease of heroin / opioid addiction as opposed to the strict enforcement for heroin / opioid use.

 

One of the elements of this initiative is to provide 24 hour access to secure drop-boxes in all the Precincts where people can dispose of their unwanted medications and prescription drugs, no questions asked. The goal is to remove excess pills from homes and the street which could lead to accidental ingestion or even targeted for abuse. These boxes are accessible everyday, including Saturday's DEA Drug Take Back Day. PLEASE DO NOT DEPOSIT SHARPS AND NEEDLES IN THESE BOXES - sharps may be discarded at local area medical facilities.

 

For more information, please click on this link https://www.yonkersny.gov/live/public-safety/police-department/h-e-a-r-t-initiative

 

If you or a loved one has an addiction problem, please call our Community Affairs Division at (914) 377-7375 for information about resources and programs. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, dial 9-1-1.


 

PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police investigate fatal shooting incident

Yonkers, NY – On Thursday, April 25th, 2019, at approximately 6:38 PM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the area Lake Avenue at Morningside Avenue on a report of a shooting incident. Upon arrival officers located a young female victim down on the sidewalk with an apparent gunshot wound to the head; first responders attempted medical aid and immediately conveyed her to a local area trauma center, unfortunately she succumbed to her injury and was subsequently pronounced deceased. Officers cordoned off the area and initiated a criminal investigation.

 

Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene and are actively interviewing subjects and witnesses, reviewing surveillance video, and processing forensic and ballistic evidence. Investigation to date has yielded that several individuals known to each other were involved in an altercation prior to the shooting incident; a confrontation ensued on Lake Avenue, with one group chasing another; a suspect then displayed a handgun, and fired at least one shot in the direction of other group; that shot struck the female victim who at this time appears to be an uninvolved party. The suspect and disputing parties all fled the scene.

 

Detectives and investigators along with members from the Emergency Service Unit, Narcotics & Gang Unit, Patterns Crime Task Force, and law enforcement partners from the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office have been working throughout the night to identify and apprehend the perpetrator of this violent act. Officers are actively searching multiple locations, utilizing K9 Units, and executing search warrants in an effort to develop information and recover evidence. A person of interest has been identified, and detectives are continuing to enhance the investigation in order to effect an arrest.

 

Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “Last night we experienced a tragic event where a young person lost her life due to gun violence. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim. The Yonkers Police is dedicating every available resource to apprehend the person responsible for this heinous act. We anticipate an arrest in the near future and will ensure he will be held accountable for his despicable actions.”

 

The victim is identified as Marilyn Cotto Montanez, an 18-year-old resident of Morningside Avenue this City and student member of the Yonkers Public Schools learning community. The City of Yonkers and Yonkers Police Department offers its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Montanez. 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. 


 

  Questions regarding any media release call

Detective Sgt. Dean Politopoulos 914-377-6923 or

dean.politopoulos@ypd.yonkersny.gov

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