–Suspect Also Charged With Assault on a Hospital Nurse in a Separate Case–
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the person who falsely reported a violent attack at a group home in Southeast last Friday (November 20) has been arrested. The suspect has also been charged with assaulting a hospital nurse in a separate case.
Mr. Christopher Lopez, aged 30, of 180 John Simpson Road in Southeast, is charged with falsely reporting an incident. Sheriff’s investigators allege that it was he who, at about 3:00 P.M. on November 20th placed an anonymous telephone call reporting that a group home on John Simpson Road was violently attacked by an armed assailant. That call prompted a large-scale police response and forced the closure of John Simpson Road near the home for almost three hours, snarling rush-hour traffic in the area. The attack report turned out to be a hoax.
–Stepped-Up Enforcement Slated for November 25th-29th–
Carmel, New York – November 24, 2015: Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith and Town of Kent Police Department Chief Alexander W. DiVernieri, Jr. report that their departments will be jointly coordinating increased patrols for drunk drivers along area roadways around the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The announcement of the stepped up patrols is aimed at deterring intoxicated or impaired driving and is part of a statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown effort.
Jose M. Tapia is wanted by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and a Superior Court Arrest Warrant was issued on October 30, 2006 to answer the charges of RAPE 1st, Criminal Contempt 1st, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th and Menacing 2nd.
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a false report of a violent attack at a group home in Southeast prompted a large scale police response this afternoon (Friday).
The incident began at about 3:00 P.M. today, when a caller telephoned an ambulance service and reported that there was an attack by an armed assailant at a group home for disabled persons on Simpson Road in the Town of Southeast. The ambulance service dispatcher called the Putnam County 911 Call Center, which in turn notified the Sheriff’s Office.