North Salem Man Arrested Twice in 24 Hours

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a 43-year-old North Salem, NY man for two violent incidents which took place within a one-day span.

On July 29, 2023, at approximately 8:40 am, Deputies were dispatched to 156 Route 52, the Carmel Cinema, for a commercial burglar alarm. Upon arrival, they observed an unsecured front door and a large amount of broken glass from the interior doors. Deputies observed a male inside of the building who was yelling and throwing papers and were able to quickly take him into custody without further incident. They then proceeded to check the rest of the building, where they found additional damage throughout, including the front snack counter, which was smashed, emergency lighting, which had been pulled down, and damage to the doors to the theatres. The suspect, Brian Venuti, was charged with the following crimes: Criminal Trespass 3rd, Petit Larceny, both misdemeanors, and with felony Criminal Mischief 2nd, Burglary 3rd, and Criminal Impersonation 1st due to the fact that he told Deputies that he was a Police Officer, which he is not.

Venuti was transported by Carmel Volunteer Ambulance Corp personnel to Putnam Hospital Center, where he was evaluated and released back to the Deputies. He was then processed at the Putnam County Correctional Facility and arraigned before the Honorable Justice Douchkoff in the Town of Kent Court, where he was released and given an Appearance Ticket for a future court date.

On July 30 at approximately 6:55 am, Deputies were dispatched to the area of 15 Independent Way to assist EMS with an unconscious male. When they arrived, they observed the individual, Venuti, lying in the roadway and members of the Brewster EMS attempting to assist him. At that time, Venuti then stood up and began yelling that he needed to go to the hospital for an appointment. Deputies then attempted to place him into custody for an evaluation, at which time he resisted arrest and struggled with the Deputies, two of which were injured. Venuti was then taken into custody and transported to Putnam Hospital.

He was charged with Resisting Arrest and Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd, both misdemeanors and with Assault 2nd, a felony. He was later arraigned before the Honorable Judge Vercollone in the Town of Southeast Court and was remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond.