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Defendants: Darnell Echols (DOB 01/09/90); Rajad Daily (DOB 02/10/89); Jonathan Terry (DOB 10/13/90)

Oct. 10, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced two Yonkers men pleaded guilty Tuesday (Oct. 9) to eight counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, class C felonies, for a December burglary spree in East Yonkers.

Darnell Echols and Rajad Daily both pleaded guilty yesterday (10/9) in front of Judge Larry Schwartz while jury selection for their trial was underway. These two defendants were charged with targeting apartment building laundry room cash boxes.

Under the terms of their pleas, Rajad Daily will be sentenced as a persistent violent felony offender to 16 years to life in prison. Darnell Echols will be sentenced as a second violent felony offender to seven years in state prison. Sentencing for both men is scheduled for Nov. 14, 2018.

On  Aug. 16, 2018, the third defendant, Jonathan Terry, pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree, a class D felony, in front of Judge Barry Warhit and is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 18, 2018, to 2-4 years in state prison. Terry acted as the driver and lookout while the others executed the burglaries.

This case involved an extensive investigation by the Yonkers Police Department and arrests of the three defendants were made during the course of a special detail organized by YPD on the morning of Dec. 30, 2017.

Background
On Dec. 30, 2017, the three men carried out an early morning burglary spree in eight residential apartment buildings across Yonkers. They targeted the buildings’ laundry rooms and stole cash out of laundry room cash-to-card machines in four out of the eight locations. (The cash-to-card machine is how a user pays cash to recharge a laundry debit card.) The series of burglaries started just after midnight and ended with the arrest at 5 a.m.

The men burglarized the following locations:

  • 12:10 a.m. 1234 Midland Avenue
  • 1:02 a.m. 188 Warburton Avenue
  • 2:32 a.m. 242 Bronxville Road
  • 2:48 a.m. 25 Parkview Avenue
  • 3:08 a.m. 1304 Midland Avenue
  • 3:55 a.m. 1225 Midland Avenue
  • 4:07 a.m.  900 Palmer Road
  • 4:40 a.m. 107 Van Cortlandt Park Avenue

Yonkers Police pulled over the suspect car at 5 a.m. near Courter and Leroy avenues. All three defendants were in the car with Terry in the driver’s seat. Police found a stash of burglars’ tools inside the Nissan including power tools, crowbars, gloves, duct tape and a sledge hammer. The three were arrested at the scene.

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

 

police image of Darnell Echols

police photo of Rajad Daily

police photo of Jonathan Terry

Darnell Echols Rajad Daily Jonathan Terry

 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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