On December 29, 2022, at approximately 1:10 AM the Spring Valley Police Department responded to the area of 55 N. Myrtle Avenue for a report of CPR being conducted on a subject because of an unknown medical emergency. Upon arrival, officers quickly located the caller and an apparently deceased male on Johnson Street, adjacent to 55 N. Myrtle Avenue. Spring Hill Ambulance and paramedics also responded to the scene. The victim was identified as 52-year- old Luis Pinduisaca-Villa of Spring Valley.
The investigation revealed that the caller had nothing to do with the original incident and just happened to come across the male lying in the street while driving home at that time. The investigation also revealed that the victim had what appeared to be knife wounds to his neck area. Spring Valley Officers and Detectives spent the overnight conducting interviews, gathering evidence and following leads which eventually lead to the arrest of 27-year-old Spring Valley resident Oscar Garcia-Garcia and 40-year- old Spring Valley resident Eustaquio Diaz-Guitierrez. The first suspect was in custody approximately 12 hours after the crime was committed.
Earlier today, each of the men were arraigned in Spring Valley Justice Court, in front of the Honorable Judge Exias, on an A-1 Felony, Murder in the second- degree charge. They were remanded to the Rockland County Jail.
The Spring Valley Police Department would like to thank Rockland County B.C.I., Rockland County Computer Crimes, the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office, the Rockland County Medical Examiner’s Office, the New York State Police, and the Westchester County Police and most importantly the public for their assistance on this case.
While these arrests have been made, the investigation is still on-going, and the Spring Valley Police Department is asking anyone with information or who may have seen anything suspicious in that area, around that time, to please call the Spring Valley Police Department at (845)-356-7400.
Israeli Flag Outside Clarkstown Town Hall Stolen, Teen Arrested
NEW CITY, NY – On Thursday, November 23, 2023 at 12:15pm, officers from the Clarkstown Police Department responded to Clarkstown Town Hall for reports that the Israeli flag had been stolen from the flag pole on which it was flying.
A witness stated to our dispatchers that an unknown male wearing dark clothing was observed ripping the Israeli flag from its flag pole and was running toward Rt. 304. A responding officer quickly located the above described male on Congers Rd., just east of Rt. 304. The male was attempting to remove his sweatshirt and conceal the flag in it when officers stopped to question him. The male was placed under arrest and transported to CPD headquarters where he was processed. The case is being handled by our JAB – Detectives as the arrestee is 15 years of age.
The Clarkstown Police Department is continuing to investigate all aspects of this crime, including but not limited to the possibility of this being a hate crime.
NYC Man Pleads Guilty Following Ongoing Rockland County DA Sting Operation Targeting Online Predators
ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II announced today that Dylan Choe, a 24-year-old male from New York City has pleaded guilty to disseminating indecent material to minors in the first degree for attempting to meet a minor.
In January of 2023, Choe engaged in an online conversation with a Rockland County District Attorney’s Office undercover investigator on a social media platform. The undercover investigator claimed to be a thirteen-year-old female from Rockland County. The defendant proceeded to have a sexually explicit conversation with the investigator, whom he thought was a minor. As conversations advanced, Choe made arrangements for the two to meet at a Rockland County hotel.
On January 19, 2023, Choe checked into a Rockland hotel and waited for the individual he believed to be a thirteen-year-old girl. Choe was arrested and charged with disseminating indecent materials to minors in the first degree.
Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh said, “Our office remains committed to ensuring the safety of innocent children in our community. This case is a clear warning to all that predatory behavior will be pursued relentlessly and brought to justice.”
Today’s announced guilty plea is the latest action in an ongoing cybercrime sting operation first launched by the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office in 2022. Last December, Rockland County District Attorney’s Office investigators arrested seven men for sex crimes following a separate operation called “Operation Catfish.”
The Rockland County District Attorney’s Office has been a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) since 2020. The ICAC is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces, representing over 5,400 federal, state, and local law enforcement, dedicated to investigating, prosecuting and developing effective responses to internet crimes against children.
The defendant pleaded guilty on October 16, 2023 before the Honorable Kevin F. Russo. Choe is scheduled to be sentenced on January 17, 2024. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michael Delohery.