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July 2018

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

Defendant: Jose Olmos (DOB 10/20/89)

July 30, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced Jose F. Olmos was arraigned today for the murder of a New Rochelle woman whose body was found near the Main Street armory building Friday. Jose Olmos appeared in New Rochelle City Court and was charged with Murder in the Second Degree, a class A violent felony.

The felony complaint alleges that on July 27, 2018 between 3:30-7:30 a.m., Olmos murdered Nurten Seljuk in the vicinity of 270 Main St., New Rochelle. She died from multiple blunt force trauma injuries. Her body was found early Friday morning in the driveway of the Armory building. New Rochelle police arrested Olmos Saturday, July 28, 2018. Neither the victim nor Olmos have a permanent address.

Olmos was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in New Rochelle City Court for a felony hearing Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.

Assistant District Attorney Nicholas DiCostanzo of the Superior Court Trial Division is prosecuting the case.

police photograph of Jose F. Olmos

Jose F. Olmos

 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.

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Defendant: David Rojas (DOB 02/08/1979)

July 30, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that David Rojas of Yonkers was sentenced to 10 years in state prison for Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a B violent felony, in connection with a stabbing in Hastings-on-Hudson. He was sentenced by New York State Supreme Court Judge Susan M. Capeci.

Background
On Nov. 13, 2017, defendant David Rojas was a passenger in a vehicle belonging to the victim, a former girlfriend, when he stabbed her approximately 14 times in her abdomen and chest, while they were parked on Saw Mill River Road in Hastings-on-Hudson. The victim fled her vehicle and ran on Saw Mill River Road waving down passing motorists for help. Rojas drove off with the victim’s car but circled back several times looking for her.

A passing motorist, a high school athletics coach, saw the victim in need of assistance and stopped to help her. The Good Samaritan took the victim into his car where she could be safe and called 911. The victim was then transported to Westchester Medical Center where she received treatment for stab wounds to her abdomen, chest, leg and hand.

Rojas was apprehended in Yonkers driving the victim’s car shortly after the stabbing. After he was located, the defendant was interviewed by detectives from Greenburgh Police Department and he admitted that that he stabbed the victim. Rojas later directed detectives to the spot where he threw the weapon, a metal ice pick.

Rojas pleaded guilty March 29, 2018.

Assistant District Attorney Owein Levin of the Special Prosecutions Division prosecuted the case.

polic photograph of David Rojas

David Rojas

 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.

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Defendant: Steven Edmondson (10/17/1989)

Defendant: Christopher Lopes (6/22/1991)

July 25, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced the conviction Tuesday (7/24) of Steven Edmondson and Christopher Lopes following a jury trial on charges stemming from a vicious road rage attack in Yonkers in 2016. The trial was conducted by Westchester County Court Judge Larry Schwartz.

The two defendants were found guilty on the following charges:

  • Assault in the First Degree, a class B violent felony
  • Robbery in the First Degree, a class B violent felony
  • Gang Assault in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony
  • Robbery in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony

Background
On Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, at approximately 2:48 a.m., following a minor two-car collision on South Broadway in Yonkers, Steven Edmondson, his co-defendant Christopher Lopes and two other unidentified occupants of Edmondson’s car, threatened the driver of the other car when he pulled over to exchange drivers’ information. Out of fear, that driver tried to escape by driving away and subsequently crashed his car into two parked cars. Then Edmondson, Lopes and the other occupants of Edmondson’s car pulled the driver out of his car and severely beat him. In addition, they stole the driver’s wallet, which contained approximately $1500 in cash. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries to his face and neck. Edmondson and Lopes were arrested at the scene by Yonkers Police. 

Following Tuesday’s verdict, sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 26, 2018. As a repeat felon, Lopes will serve a maximum sentence of 8-to-25 years in prison. Edmondson will serve a maximum of 5-to-25 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Craig Ascher of the Superior Court Trial Division prosecuted the case.

police photograph of Steven Edmondson

police photograph of Christopher Lopes

Steven Edmondson Christopher Lopes

 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.

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Defendant: Tykeem Hines  (DOB 08/05/96)

July 26, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced Tykeem Hines of the Bronx pleaded guilty Thursday to Robbery in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony, following a January home robbery in Mount Vernon. Westchester County Court Judge Barry Warhit accepted the plea.

Background
On Jan. 14, 2018, Hines committed a gunpoint robbery in an apartment on South 13th Avenue in Mount Vernon. He negotiated to sell a Moncler brand jacket to the victim over social media. Instead, when he met the victim for the sale, he brandished a gun inside the victim’s apartment and demanded money. At the time of the robbery, three adults and a 6-year-old child were present in the apartment. Hines threatened to shoot the victims and stole money and a bracelet before fleeing from the apartment. He ran from the scene and threw his unloaded gun to the ground, which was recovered by Mount Vernon Police. He was arrested Feb. 27, 2018, when he appeared in Bronx Criminal Court for a pending gun charge.

Hines is expected to be sentenced Sept. 27, 2018. In accordance with his plea agreement, he will receive a sentence of six years in state prison.

The Gang and Firearms Unit of the Investigations Division prosecuted the case.

police photograph of Tykeem Hines

Tykeem Hines

 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.

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Defendant: Augustus Moore (DOB 11/15/88)
Defendant: Madisyn Pettaway (DOB 08/24/95)

July 25, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced Augustus Moore of the Bronx and Madisyn Pettaway of Jersey City, NJ, have been indicted on a multicount indictment for burglary, robbery and weapons charges. Moore was arraigned today before Westchester County Court Judge Susan Cacace. The arrest of Pettaway is pending.

The two were indicted by a Westchester County Grand Jury on the following:

  • Two counts of Robbery in the First Degree, class B felonies
  • Two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, class B felonies
  • Two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, class C felonies
  • Burglary in the Second Degree, class C felony
  • Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, class D felony (value at more than $3,000)

Separately, Moore is charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D felony, and Pettaway is charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a misdemeanor.

Background
On Jan. 18, 2018, the victim was in his home in New Rochelle with co-defendant Madisyn Pettaway, a woman he had been dating for six months or so. At approximately 4:55 a.m., Pettaway, unbeknownst to victim, let Augustus Moore and two other individuals into the apartment. At the same time, Pettaway left the apartment and entered a car parked outside the building. Moore went into the victim's bedroom, pointed a firearm at him, and told him to get face down on the bed. The victim complied and his mouth was taped shut and his arms and legs were tied up with tape and clothing. While on the bed, the victim heard the individuals ransacking his apartment. 

Moore and the other two individuals left the apartment after approximately 25 minutes and joined Pettaway in the car parked on the street and drove away. Meantime, the victim was able to free himself from being tied up, walked through his apartment and noticed jewelry, money, clothing and electronics missing, including his cellphone. He went out to the street, found a pedestrian and asked that person to call 911. Police responded and the investigation began.

Moore was arrested May 7, 2018, by New Rochelle Police.

Judge Cacace set bail at $75,000 cash or $50,000 bond. Moore is expected back in court Aug. 8, 2018.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Strongin of the Superior Court Trial Division is prosecuting the case.

police photograph of Augustus Moore

Augustus Moore

 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.

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(914) 995-3586