PEARL RIVER, NY – Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II announced today the arrest of a Pearl River man by members of the Rockland County Drug Task Force in coordination with the Orangetown Police Department, after complaints of drug sales were received on the TIP411 hotline.
Daryl Wright, 38, of Pearl River, NY, was arrested on an active arrest warrant for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3 rd and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3 rd . On April 8, 2021 the Orangetown Police and members of the Rockland County Drug Task Force arrested Darryl Wright in the area of E. Crooked Hill Rd Pearl River. This warrant was a result of an investigation by the Rockland County Drug Task Force with assistance from the Orangetown Police Department, in response to complaints from the community regarding open air drug transactions in the Pearl River area. Complaints from the community were made to both the Orangetown Police Department and the District Attorney’s TIP 411.
“I want to commend the excellent teamwork between the Rockland County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force and the Orangetown Police Department in apprehending the alleged suspect. The use of the TIP411 hotline and the immediate investigation and arrest show how important these tools are for combating crime in our community.” said District Attorney Walsh. Darryl Wright was processed at the Orangetown Police Department and arraigned virtually in the Town of Orangetown Justice Court.
“The investigation that resulted in the arrest was the direct result of community members providing information on illegal activity in our neighborhoods. I commend the Drug Task Force who are an important component in our overall effort to get dealers out of our communities and provide help to the people who are victimized by the suppliers of dangerous drugs. Our
participation in the Hope Not Handcuffs program is here to help any person struggling with substance addiction 833-428-HOPE”, said Orangetown Police Chief Donald Butterworth.
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.