default_mobilelogo

July 2017

In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

July 24, 2017 --  Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino Jr. announced today that Johnny Manjarrez (DOB 09/21/71) of 275 Olivia St., Port Chester, NY was found guilty after a jury trial conducted by Judge Helen Blackwood of:

  • 21 counts of Promoting an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child, a class “D” Felony and
  • 29 counts of Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child, a class “E” Felony.

Between Feb. 24 and Feb. 28, 2016, an investigator at the Westchester District Attorney’s Office downloaded 21 digital files depicting obscene sexual performances by children, from defendant’s computer via the Bit Torrent peer-to-peer file sharing network.

The investigator used a law-enforcement specific program that allowed him to download files from a single source. On March 17, 2016, DA’s Office investigators executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence and recovered computer devices. Forensic analyses on the devices resulted in the recovery of additional files depicting children engaged in obscene sexual performances.

On May 6, 2016, defendant was charged via felony complaint with Promoting an Obscene Performance by a Child and Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child.  

On May 12, 2016, defendant voluntarily surrendered himself and was arraigned in Port Chester Justice Court. On that date he was released on his own recognizance.

The defendant was remanded after the verdict.

He will be sentenced on Aug. 30, 2017.

The defendant faces a maximum of eleven years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Laura Forbes of the High Technology Crime Bureau prosecuted the case.

 

Johnny Manjarrez

Johnny Manjarrez

 _______________

Media contact: Robert Wolf
111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601
Tel: (914) 995-3586
Fax: (914) 995-2116

July 24, 2017 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced today that Lamont McLean (DOB 11/02/93) of 354 Nepperhan Ave., Yonkers, NY was found guilty after a jury trial conducted by Judge Barry Warhit of:

  • two counts of Robbery in the First Degree, class “B” Felonies.

This follows the June 8, 2017 guilty plea of Floyd Bruce (DOB 07/04/97) of 354 Nepperhan Ave., Yonkers, NY who pled guilty before Judge Barry Warhit to:

  • one count of Robbery in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony,
  • one count of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class “C” Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony.

On July 16, 2016 at approximately 5:15 p.m., defendant Bruce was walking on Willow Street in Yonkers when he fired a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol striking a four year old girl in the leg. She was not the intended target. The defendant ran from the scene. The victim was taken to a local area hospital where she was treated and released a few days later.

On July 26, 2016 at approximately 4:40 p.m., both Floyd Bruce and Lamont McLean, were on Palisade Avenue in Yonkers. Both defendants, armed with handguns, approached two men in a parked car. They proceeded to rob both men at gunpoint. Both defendants then ran from the scene.

On July 27, 2016, both defendants were arrested by the Yonkers Police Department. At the time of Bruce’s arrest, police recovered a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun that was in his possession. A ballistic test on the weapon matched it to the shooting which took place on July 16.  

Lamont McLean will be sentenced on Sept. 28, 2017.

Floyd Bruce will be sentenced on Nov. 2, 2017.

Both defendants face a maximum of 25 years in state prison.

Deputy Bureau Chief Nadine Nagler of the Career Criminal Division prosecuted the cases.

 

Lamont McLean

Floyd Bruce

Lamont McLean Floyd Bruce

 _______________

Media contact: Robert Wolf
111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601
Tel: (914) 995-3586
Fax: (914) 995-2116

July 13, 2017 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced today that Richard Grassi (DOB 03/19/66) of 14 South St., Danbury, CT was arraigned in New Rochelle City Court and charged with:

  • One count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony.

The defendant is a former employee of Mike Ceretta Auto Sales, Inc. in New Rochelle.  While he was employed there, one of his jobs was to purchase cars from other car dealerships in order to then sell them at a profit from Ceretta.  The defendant would then receive a commission from these sales.

Between Nov. 1, 2013 and April 1, 2015, the defendant stole funds from Ceretta by submitting false invoices for car purchases in order to increase his commission from the sales of those vehicles. Specifically, he would create false invoices that listed the vehicles purchased from other dealerships for less than they actually were so that the defendant’s commission would be higher when the vehicles were sold. 

As a result of this false invoice scheme, the defendant stole approximately $24,000.00. 

The investigation was conducted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office with the full cooperation and assistance of the New Rochelle Police Department.

The defendant pled not guilty and was released on his own recognizance.

He faces a maximum of seven years in state prison.

His next court date is Sept. 11, 2017.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Berit Huseby of the Economics Crime Bureau.

 

Richard Grassi

Richard Grassi

 

In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

_______________

Media contact: Robert Wolf
111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601
Tel: (914) 995-3586
Fax: (914) 995-2116

July 17, 2017 -- The Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced today the indictments of five men in connection with a twelve-hour violent crime spree that began on May 21, 2017.

On May 21, 2017, defendant Allen Copeland a/k/a “Hat”, using an illegal handgun, shot at Victim-1 in the area of 3rd Street and Union Avenue in the City of Mount Vernon.

On May 21, 2017, defendant Eric Lee a/k/a “Bubba”, using an illegal handgun, shot at Victim-2 and Victim-3 in the area of 4th Avenue in the City of Mount Vernon.

Between May 21, 2017 and May 22, 2017, defendants Eric Lee a/k/a “Bubba,” Sincere Smith, Allen Copeland a/k/a “Hat,” Leroy Garcia and John Oquendo participated in a conspiracy to commit robberies which led to the murder of victim Trevon Boswell, an intended robbery victim. This robbery conspiracy spanned throughout several jurisdictions – the City of Mount Vernon, the City of New Rochelle, and the City of Yonkers in Westchester County as well as various robberies in the County of the Bronx, New York – and lasted several hours.

According to the charges in the 50-count conspiracy indictment, defendants Eric Lee a/k/a “Bubba,” Sincere Smith, Allen Copeland a/k/a “Hat,” and Leroy Garcia conspired to commit robberies in Mount Vernon, New York.

  • They began by attempting to rob Victim-4 and completing an armed robbery of Victim-5 in Mount Vernon.
  • Lee and Smith attempted to rob Victim-6, Trevon Boswell, while Garcia stood as the lookout and Copeland acted as the getaway driver, and when Boswell tried to get away, defendant Eric Lee shot Boswell in the back in the stairwell to his own residence.
  • Lee and Ssmith then robbed Victim-7 in the vestibule of an apartment building in the 47th Precinct in the Bronx, New York.
  • Lee, Smith and Copeland then recruited the fifth defendant John Oquendo and sought additional robbery victims.
  • Lee, Smith, Copeland and Oquendo, armed with illegal handguns, robbed Victim-8, Victim-9 and Victim-10 in the area of Bonnefoy Place in New Rochelle, New York.
  • Next, the men traveled to the 45th Precinct of the Bronx (Coop City area) and robbed Victim-11 of a chain from around his neck.
  • When Victim-11’s cab driver (Victim-12) attempted to get the chain back, Lee shot Victim-12 two times with his illegal handgun.
  • Lee, Smith, Copeland and Oquendo robbed Victim-13 of his jewelry in the 47th Precinct of the Bronx, near the Mount Vernon border.
  • Finally, Lee, Smith, Copeland and Oquendo robbed Victim-14, Victim-15 and Victim-16 inside a cab stand in the City of Yonkers, holding them at gunpoint.

During the course of the conspiracy, these five defendants victimized sixteen innocent people, including the shooting death of Boswell, shooting and causing serious physical injury to Victim-12, and, assaulting Victim-8 using a handgun. This violent group brought terror to several communities in Westchester County and surrounding jurisdictions beginning around 5:30 p.m. on May 21, 2017 and ending around 5:30 a.m. on May 22, 2017.

Several law enforcement agencies, including the City of Mount Vernon Police Department, the City of New Rochelle Police Department, the City of Yonkers Police Department and the City of New York Police Department, collaboratively worked, using old fashioned police work and a little bit of technology, to get these violent offenders off the streets. Additionally, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crimes Safe Streets Task Force, assisted by the East Haven (Connecticut) Police Department and the Waterbury (Connecticut) Police Department were responsible for locating and arresting defendant Leroy Garcia, who had been a fugitive until July 7, 2017.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. said: “This was a vicious crime spree, leaving a trail of innocent victims including one senseless death. The Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Yonkers and New York City Police Departments should all be commended for their cooperation and hard work that brought this spree to a swift end. The evidence in this case will reveal an appalling level of depravity and violence that will not be tolerated in Westchester.”

Police Commissioner Shawn Harris of the Mount Vernon Police Department said, “We are extremely proud of the Patrol Officers and Detectives who made the arrest in this case, the outcome proves the importance of collaboration between agencies. Crime crosses borders, so law enforcement should too.”

Police Commissioner Patrick J. Carroll of the New Rochelle Police Department said, “The concerted efforts of the New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Yonkers, and New York City Police Departments sends a clear and strong message that the region’s law enforcement agencies work together to combat crimes committed against our citizens.”

Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “Due to the collaborative efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies, our communities are safer today now that these five alleged violent criminals are off the street. I am proud of the hard work of our Police Officers and Detectives and the contributions they made to this investigation.”

Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI New York Field Office, William F. Sweeney, Jr. said, “The subjects in this case showed no regard for human life after allegedly killing one of the victims in the early hours of their crime spree. They went on for many more hours, continuing to terrorize several communities, with no fear of getting caught or thought to stopping. The FBI Westchester County FBI Safe Streets Task Force will continue to do all we can to support our law enforcement partners in tracking down criminals who truly show no respect for laws, or even human life.”

The defendants pled not guilty.

Defendants Eric Lee, Sincere Smith, Allen Copeland and John Oquendo are remanded. Defendant Leroy Garcia remains in jail in the State of Connecticut pending extradition to the State of New York.

Eric Lee (DOB: 12/10/1991) had absconded from parole. He was under supervision for a 2012 conviction for robbery in the first degree. Lee has also been indicted for Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree for possessing dangerous instruments found in his jail cell while incarcerated on the murder charges, which he intended to use to harm corrections officers at the Westchester County Jail.

Justin Pruyne, Deputy Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Correction said, “Mr. Lee’s felony indictments for assaulting another prisoner and possessing a weapon reaffirm the commitment of the District Attorney and County Executive to public safety, including for all officers, staff and inmates. The Department of Correction stands ready to provide assistance to its partner agencies in all serious cases, including crimes occurring within our own facilities.” 

Allen Copeland (DOB: 01/24/1996) was on parole for a 2014 conviction for possession of a firearm, and has an additional indictment pending charging him with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree for shooting an innocent victim in the City of Yonkers on May 20, 2017. 

Leroy Garcia (DOB: 07/23/1987) had three New York warrants, including one from the Westchester County Department of Probation, as well as warrants in the State of Connecticut.  He was on probation supervision for pleading guilty to a felony driving while intoxicated.

The defendants were remanded.

The next court date for these defendants is Aug. 9, 2017.

Charts containing names, ages, residences, charges and maximum penalties are set forth below.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brian Bendish of the Superior Court Trial Division along with Bureau Chief John O’Rourke and Assistant District Attorney Lauren Abinanti of the Gangs, Firearms and Narcotics Bureau.

 


Indictment 1

People v. Allen Copeland, 17-0631

Charges:

  • Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, class B felony
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree, class C felony
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, class C felony – 2 counts

On May 21, 2017, in the City of Mount Vernon, New York, Allen Copeland a/k/a “Hat” is accused of shooting at an innocent victim.

For these charges, Copeland is facing a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 25 years in prison if he is convicted on this indictment.

 


 Indictment 2

People v. Eric Lee, 17-0630

Charges:

  • Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, class B felony
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree, class C felony
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, class C felony – 2 counts

On May 21, 2017, in the City of Mount Vernon, New York, Eric Lee a/k/a “Bubba” is accused of shooting at two innocent victims.

For these charges, Lee is facing a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 25 years in prison if he is convicted on this indictment.

 


 Indictment 3

People v. Eric Lee, Sincere Smith, Allen Copeland, Leroy Garcia & John Oquendo, 17-0561

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Eric Lee
25 years old
Mt. Vernon, NY

  • Murder in the First Degree, class A-I felony
  • Murder in the Second Degree, class A-I felony (2 counts)
  • Attempted Murder in the First Degree, class A-  felony
  • Robbery in the First Degree, class B felony (9 counts)
  • Assault in the First Degree, class B felony
  • Attempted Robbery in the First Degree, class C felony (2 counts)
  • Robbery in the Second Degree, class C felony (10 counts)
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, class C felony (18 counts)
  • Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree, class D felony
  • Assault in the Second Degree, class D felony
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, class E felony
  • Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree, class E felony
  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, class A misdemeanor

Life in prison without the possibility of parole

Sincere Smith
22 years old
New Rochelle, NY

  • Murder in the Second Degree, class A-I felony
  • Robbery in the First Degree, class B felony (9 counts)
  • Attempted Robbery in the First Degree, class C felony (2 counts)
  • Robbery in the Second Degree, class C felony (10 counts)
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, class C felony (18 counts)
  • Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree, class D felony
  • Assault in the Second Degree, class D felony
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, class E felony
  • Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree, class E felony
  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, class A misdemeanor

25 years to Life in prison

Allen Copeland
21 years old
Mt. Vernon, NY

  • Murder in the Second Degree, class A-I felony
  • Robbery in the First Degree, class B felony (8 counts)
  • Attempted Robbery in the First Degree, class C felony (2 counts)
  • Robbery in the Second Degree, class C felony (8 counts)
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, class C felony (18 counts)
  • Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree, class D felony
  • Assault in the Second Degree, class D felony
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, class E felony
  • Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree, class E felony
  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, class A misdemeanor

25 years to life in prison

Leroy Garcia
29 years old
Waterbury, CT

  • Murder in the Second Degree, class A-I felony
  • Robbery in the First Degree, class B felony
  • Attempted Robbery in the First Degree, class C felony (2 counts)
  • Robbery in the Second Degree, class C felony
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, class C felony (4 counts)
  • Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree, class D felony
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, class E felony

25 years to life in prison

John Oquendo
21 years old
Bronx, NY

  • Robbery in the First Degree, class B felony (8 counts)
  • Robbery in the Second Degree, class C felony (8 counts)
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, class C felony (14 counts)
  • Assault in the Second Degree, class D felony
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, class E felony
  • Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree, class E felony
  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, class A misdemeanor

Up to 25 years prison

 
 


Indictment 4

People v. Eric Lee, 17-0706

Charges:

  • Promoted Prison Contraband in the First Degree, class D felony
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, class D felony

On July 3, 2017, in the Town of Mount Pleasant, New York, Eric Lee is accused of possessing sharpened metal objects that he intended to use to harm correction officers at the Westchester County Jail.

For these charges, Lee is facing a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years in prison if he is convicted on this indictment.

 


 Indictment 5

People v. Allen Copeland, 17-0552

Charges:

  • Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, class B felony
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree, class C felony
  • Assault in the Second Degree, class D felony
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, class C felony

 

Allen Copeland

Leroy Garcia

Eric Lee

Allen Copeland

Leroy Garcia

Eric Lee

 

John Oquendo

Sincere Smith

John Oquendo

Sincere Smith

In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

_______________

Media contact: Robert Wolf
111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601
Tel: (914) 995-3586
Fax: (914) 995-2116

July 13, 2017 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced today that Anthony Mangano (DOB 06/07/68) of Ozone Park, NY was arraigned on an indictment before Judge Helen Blackwood and charged with:

  • one count of Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Incident Resulting in Death, a class “D” Felony under the Vehicle and Traffic Law

in the death of thirty-two-year-old Salvatore Brescia of Stamford, CT.

On Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, the defendant was driving a box truck for his employer, an auto parts company on Long Island. He was traveling north on I-95 and had just passed the New Rochelle Toll Plaza when at approximately 6:50 a.m., in the Town of Harrison, the defendant struck and killed the victim who was standing in the right lane next to his tow truck. The victim was assisting a driver who had broken down on the side of the highway.

The defendant did not stop but instead continued driving. He exited I-95 north and circled back to view the scene. At this juncture, state police and an ambulance crew had responded. The defendant again passed through the New Rochelle Toll Plaza and went passed the scene, going northbound heading to his supply run stop in Connecticut. At no time, did he stop to report his involvement or provide information to police.

The victim died of his injuries which consisted of blunt impact injury to his head, neck torso and extremities. He was struck by the right side view mirror of the truck driven by the defendant. The force of the impact broke the mirror off the defendant’s vehicle.

An intensive investigation by the New York State Police consisted of collecting fragments of the plastic from the broken mirror at the scene. This in turn led them to the company in Ontario Canada that manufactured the plastic mirror and local distributors of the mirror and eventually to the defendant’s employer.

State Police Investigators were then able to identify the defendant as the driver that left the scene on I-95 on the day of the incident.

EZ Pass and cellphone records were also instrumental in this investigation.

The defendant pled not guilty.

Bail was set at $10,000 cash or bond.

His next court date is Aug. 1, 2017.

The defendant faces two-and-one-third to seven years in state prison.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Daniel Flecha of the Superior Court Trial Division.

 

Anthony Mangano

Anthony Mangano

 

In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

_______________

Media contact: Robert Wolf
111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601
Tel: (914) 995-3586
Fax: (914) 995-2116