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Releases by month April 2021

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.

April 9, 2021 -- A Mount Vernon man who unlawfully entered school buildings in communities across Westchester and in some instances stole items was arraigned today in County Court on multiple charges.

Donald Mack Bennett, 61, is charged with seven counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree, six counts of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree and two counts of Petit Larceny in connection with incidents in 2020 and 2021.

The incidents took place at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale, Waverly School in Eastchester, Masters School in Dobbs Ferry and Mercy College in Irvington.

Bennett was taken into custody on March 4 and remains in the Westchester County Jail.

“I share the concern of parents and other residents who recognize that it is both deeply disturbing and absolutely unacceptable for anyone to enter a school building unlawfully,” said Westchester District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah. “I am committed to keeping our children, teachers and school staff safe and feeling as secure as possible.”

The incidents involving Bennett were investigated by the Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Irvington, New Rochelle and Scarsdale Police Departments.

The case is before Judge Robert Neary.

The charges against Bennett are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Media contact:
Dan Weiller, Director of Communications
(914) 995-3586
dweiller@westchesterda.net

April 1, 2021 -- Alexis Rose was arraigned on March 31 in Westchester County Court for the murder of Shaun Hutchinson at the home of Rose’s ex-girlfriend on Warburton Avenue in Yonkers on March 5.

Rose’s presence at his ex-girlfriend’s home was in violation of an order of protection issued by Yonkers City Court.

Hutchinson, 41, a resident of Easton, Penn. sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rose, 35, of the Bronx, fled after the shooting but was arrested approximately two hours later following collaborative efforts of the Yonkers, Mount Vernon and New York Police Departments. He is charged with Second Degree Murder, and is being held at the Westchester County Jail.

“This is a terrible crime that left children without a father and an entire family traumatized, and we extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Hutchinson’s loved ones,” said Westchester District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah. “This tragic case highlights why it is so important to use every tool we have to keep guns out of the hands of people with histories of domestic violence.”

The case is before Judge Anne Minihan, AJSC, and is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Janelle Armentano and Kristina Dushaj.

The charges against the defendant represent accusations and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Media contact:
Dan Weiller, Director of Communications
(914) 995-3586
dweiller@westchesterda.net