2019 Recent Arrests and Other News

July 10, 2019 – Arrest: Forgery 2nd Degree

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Dominique T. Hobbs on June 28, 2019 following a larceny complaint at J.C. Penney, located in the Galleria Mall at 2001 South Road.

Responding officers were advised the defendant had fled the business on foot after stealing clothing. Upon canvassing the area, officers located the defendant and he was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. After the arrest processing, it was discovered that the defendant had provided incorrect information regarding his personal identification.

Hobbs was charged with Forgery 2nd Degree (Felony), Obstructing Governmental Administration, Resisting Arrest, Petit Larceny, and False Personation (Misdemeanors).

Hobbs was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10, 000 bond, and is scheduled to reappear on July 16, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

DEFENDANT: Dominique T. Hobbs, Age 25, Newburgh, N.Y.

June 21, 2019 – Arrest: Burglary

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The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrests of Nicole M. Tomitz and Heather M. Ditrocchio following a burglary investigation.

On April 17, 2019 at 3:10 p.m. officers responded to an address on School Street for a report of a past occurred burglary. A resident reported that she returned home and found that it had been entered and items were missing. During the course of the investigation Tomitz and Ditrocchio, both known to the victim, were identified as suspects.

Ditrocchio was arrested on June 5, 2019 and charged with Burglary 2nd Degree (felony). She was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and released to the supervision of Probation to return on June 11, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

An arrest warrant was issued for Tomitz who turned herself in on June 18, 2019. Tomitz was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree (felony). She was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond to return to court on June 21, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

DEFENDANTS: Heather M. Ditrocchio, Age 41, Poughkeepsie (City), NY
Nicole M. Tomitz, Age 32, Poughkeepsie (City), NY

June 20, 2019 – Arrest: Burglary

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Nicole M. Tomite following a burglary investigation.

On April 17, 2019 at 3:10 p.m. officers responded to an address on School Street for a report of a past occurred burglary. A resident reported that she returned home and found that it had been entered and items were missing. During the course of the investigation Tomite, who was known to the victim, was identified as a suspect.

An arrest warrant was issued for Tomite who turned herself in on June 18, 2019. Tomite was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree (felony). She was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond to return to court on June 21, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

DEFENDANT: Nicole M. Tomite, Age 32, Poughkeepsie (City), NY

June 17, 2019 – Arrest: Attempted Robbery 2nd Degree

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Robert J. Brown and Randy J. Valladares following a report of an attempted robbery on Dutchess Turnpike in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The victim was walking eastbound on Dutchess Turnpike at approximately 1:50 a.m. on June 15, 2019 when he was approached by Brown and Valladares. Both defendants demanded money and attacked the victim by grabbing and punching him. The victim was able to escape and contact 911. The suspects were located just West of the crime scene on Dutchess Turnpike and taken into custody by members of the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department. The victim sustained injuries to his face but refused medical treatment.

Brown and Valladares were charged with two counts of Attempted Robbery 2nd Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, Conspiracy 4th Degree (felonies), and Menacing 3rd Degree (misdemeanor).

Both defendants were arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $10,000.00 cash/$20,000.00 bond to return on June 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

DEFENDANTS: Robert J. Brown, Age 22, Poughkeepsie (City), NY
Randy J. Valladares, Age 19, Poughkeepsie (City), NY

June 10, 2019 – Arrest: Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of William A. Pascal for Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree, Menacing 3rd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd Degree, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd Degree (Misdemeanors) and additional New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law violations, following a traffic stop on Main Street by a member of this department.
On June 8, 2019 at approximately 11:50 p.m., a Town of Poughkeepsie police officer initiated a traffic stop for an equipment violation of a vehicle traveling on Main Street. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer observed the operator to be William A. Pascal, a subject known from a previous encounter to have a suspended license and an active federal probation warrant. As the officer attempted to place Pascal under arrest, Pascal pulled away from the officer and verbally threatened to kill the officer with a firearm that he stated was in his possession. Pascal fled the area in his vehicle. Pascal drove through numerous jurisdictions, failing to comply with efforts to stop his vehicle, while advising Dutchess County 911 via cell phone that he intended to harm himself and jump off the Newburgh/Beacon Bridge. Pascal eventually stopped his vehicle on the Newburgh/Beacon Bridge where he was taken into custody by assisting officers. No firearms were located. Pascal was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on no bail to appear on June 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Pascal may face additional charges at a later date. The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police assisted.

DEFENDANT: William A. Pascal, Age 45, Poughkeepsie (Town), NY

June 7, 2019 – Arrest: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Rondell L. Barksdale on Friday, June 7, 2019, following a traffic complaint of a person sleeping behind the wheel of their vehicle at the intersection of Main Street and North Grand Avenue. Responding officers located the vehicle with Barksdale, who appeared to be asleep, behind the wheel. Further investigation revealed Barksdale had 17 suspensions on his driver’s license and was in possession of over 3 grams of crack cocaine, multiple cell phones, a scale, individual packaging material and marihuana.
Barksdale was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st Degree (Felonies) and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana (Violation). He was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $20,000.00 cash or $40,000.00 bond to appear on June 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

DEFENDANT: Rondell L. Barksdale, Age 26, Poughkeepsie (Town), N.Y.

June 6, 2019 – Arrest: Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st Degree

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Joel K. Ruuska on May 31, 2019, for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st Degree (Felony) and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation (Misdemeanor) following a traffic stop on Route 9 in the Town of Poughkeepsie.
During an investigation into Ruuska’s driving privileges, he was found to be in possession of two counterfeit $100.00 bills. Ruuska was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $2500.00cash/$5000.00 bond to appear on June 5, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

DEFENDANT: Joel K. Ruuska, Age 25, Fishkill, NY

June 6, 2019 – Arrest: Assault 1st Degree & Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Richard A. Johnson as a result of an investigation of a stabbing that occurred on Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY on May 28, 2019 at 10:00 p.m. The incident began as a verbal argument and escalated into a physical altercation where the defendant stabbed the victim in the upper abdomen with a knife. The victim was transported to Mid- Hudson Regional Hospital by private vehicle. The victim sustained serious but non-fatal injuries.
Johnson was charged with 1 count of Assault 1st Degree and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree (felonies). He was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $10,000.00 cash/$20,000.00 bond. Johnson is due to appear in court on June 6, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.
DEFENDANT: Richard A. Johnson, age 29, Poughkeepsie (City) NY

May 30, 2019 – Making a Terroristic Threat Arrest

On Thursday, May 30, 2019 at approximately 1:25am, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital, 241 North Road, for a report of a subject who had made threatening statements upon his discharge from the hospital. ADAM HANNON, who left the hospital prior to police arrival, stated that he would return with a firearm and kill some people. During the investigation it was learned that Hannon was being treated at another local hospital due to injuries received from a domestic incident in the City of Poughkeepsie. Officers from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded and arrested Hannon upon his release from the hospital. Numerous firearms were seized from the subject’s residence by the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department as part of the investigations into the two incidents.
Hannon was charged with Making a Terroristic Threat (Felony). He was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $20,000.00 cash or $40,000.00 bond to appear June 4, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

DEFENDANT: Adam A. Hannon, Age 28, Poughkeepsie (City), NY

May 30, 2019 – Domestic Incident Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of Anthony J. Finegan on May 22, 2019 following a domestic incident the previous day. Finegan allegedly subjected another member of the household to physical contact, which was in violation of an order of protection.

Finegan was charged with Criminal Contempt 1st Degree (Felony) and Harassment 2nd Degree (Violation). Finegan was arraigned in the City of Poughkeepsie Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond, and is scheduled to return to the Town of Poughkeepsie Court on May 28, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

DEFENDANT: Anthony J. Finegan, Age 50, Poughkeepsie (Town), N.Y.

May 23, 2019 – Larceny Arrest

On May 17, 2019, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to a call of a shoplifter who had exited Macy’s store, 2001 South Road, and fled in a vehicle. Responding officers located the vehicle on Route 9 and upon stopping it, observed over $1000.00 worth of stolen merchandise on the rear passenger seat. Upon further investigation it was determined that the suspect, Elija M. Collins, had stolen over $850.00 worth of merchandise from the same store on April 20, 2019.

Collins was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny 4th degree (Felony) and Petit Larceny (Misdemeanor). He was arraigned in Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $2000.00 cash or $4000.00 bond to appear on May 22, 2019.

DEFENDANT: Elija M. Collins, 19 YOA, Troy, NY

April 29, 2019 – Motor Vehicle Accident

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports investigating a one car roll over personal injury motor vehicle accident that occurred on April 28, 2019, at approximately 5:00 AM. The accident occurred on Manchester Road (State Route 55) in the area of Spy Hill. A 2013 Hyundai Elantra was traveling west on Route 55 when it veered off the roadway, struck two trees, and then rolled over. The two occupants, a 27 year old male from Poughkeepsie (City) NY and 25 year old female from Wingdale, NY, sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash. Both subjects were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The westbound lanes of State Route 55 were closed during the investigation and eastbound traffic was limited to one lane. The road was closed for approximately 5 hours while crash investigators processed the scene. All lanes of State Route 55 were reopened to traffic at approximately 12:00 PM. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Arlington Fire District, Mobile Life Ambulance, and the New York State Department of Transportation. The investigation is ongoing and the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit at 845-485-3680.

March 25, 2019 – FBI National Academy Graduation

Chief Ronald J. Spero wishes to announce the graduation of Lieutenant Michael O’Dowd from the FBI National Academy’s 275th session on March 15, 2019. This eleven (11) week session consisted of 251 law enforcement executives representing 47 states, 26 international countries, 5 military organizations, and 5 federal civilian organizations.

The National Academy is a professional course of study for law enforcement managers, drawing participants from every state and 150 partner nations. The program provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communications, forensic science, and health and fitness to better prepare law enforcement leaders for the complex, dynamic, and contemporary challenges of today.

The National Academy serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide. Officers participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training, where they share ideas, techniques, and experiences with each other, creating lifelong partnerships that transcend state and national borders.

The FBI National Academy, located in Quantico, Virginia, was founded in 1935 and has graduated more than 50,000 law enforcement leaders from over 170 countries. Applicants to the National Academy are nominated by their agency heads and undergo a detailed selection process. On average, less than 1% of applicants are accepted to attend. Academy costs, including tuition, board, and meals are paid for by the FBI.

January 7, 2019 – Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accident

On Sunday, January 6, 2019, at approximately 5:40pm, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department received a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian on North Road (State Route 9), near Marist College. A northbound 2015 Honda CR-V, operated by a 63-year-old Hyde Park resident, struck a 61-year-old Poughkeepsie resident who was on the roadway, not in a crosswalk.

The pedestrian sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The driver of the Honda was not injured in the crash. No further information is available at this time. Northbound traffic on North Road was closed for approximately three-hours while crash investigators processed the scene. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Fairview Fire District. The investigation is ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Traffic Enforcement Unit at 845-485-3680.