New Rochelle Police made multiple arrests last night at the La Tropicana Night Club at 440 North Avenue. Police were called to the location at about 1:30 a.m. after reports of a large fight. An officer reporting to the scene quickly put out an "officer needs assistance" call at which point police from throughout the City descended on the area making at least 6 arrests, possibly more.
As police arrived individuals involved in the fight fled on foot towards Lincoln Avenue. Arrests were made near Lincoln and North and Lincoln and Brook.
UPDATE: Channel 12 News is reporting three officers received minor injuries.
With a mixture of shock and bemusement, Mayor Noam Bramson reacted with incredulity to a presentation by New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick J. Carroll on an innovative service called "Crimemapping.com". Talk of the Sound first recommended Talk of the Sound to the City of New Rochelle and the New Rochelle Police Department back in 2009.
In its recently released Annual Report for 2008, the New Rochelle Police Department announced it had completed its transition to a new police management software system which includes a database for tracking calls for service, incidents and crime reports. With such a system in place, the NRPD is now set up to begin sharing near real-time crime data with residents.
Crimemapping.com describes its service as follows:Read more
New Rochelle police responding to reports of a large, unruly group of people walking down Center Avenue, found the group and followed them into the downtown area. Police estimated the group to be 40-50 people, youths, possibly students from Isaac E. Young Middle School.
The group ended up at Memorial Plaza where a fight broke out involving half a dozen or more of the youths. One youth was placed in handcuffs, placed in the back of a police car and taken away.
Last night at about 7:00 p.m. four youths wearing dark clothing and Ninja masks and hoods threw rocks at a passing Bluebird taxi on North Avenue between Huguenot Street and North Avenue. After the vehicle was struck, the taxi driver stopped the vehicle in traffic on North Avenue near the Standard-Star Building, the youths continued to throw rocks. The driver got out of his vehicle, talking on his cell phone to the New Rochelle police, and looking at the youths dresses in Ninja costumes.
The youths taunted the taxi driver, challenging him and using vulgar language.
They shouted "Come on, what are you going to do?" and "Suck my dick", according to witnesses.
The taxi driver then ran directly towards the four youths who ran towards the entrance of the library parking lot. The taxi driver ran after them, shouting to police on his cell phone. The taxi driver gave up the chase. By the time the police arrived the "ninjas" were no longer in the area.
No injuries were reported.Read more
There was an attempted robbery this morning at about 10:00 a.m. at the Citibank branch at 238 North Avenue, near Anderson and North. The bank was closed briefly but was re-opened by 11 a.m.
An All Points Bulletin was put out by the New Rochelle Police Department. The suspect was described as 6 foot tall, dark-skinned black male wearing a puffy black North Face jacket, wearing brown work boots. He reported moving in the direction of Huguenot from the bank branch.
UPDATE: Police are fanned across the City, continuing to search for the suspect. The FBI was called but has not yet responded to the scene.
UPDATE: Suspect gave teller a note demanding money but did not display a weapon. Teller refused and triggered the bank alarm. One bank employee, shaken by the experience, was taken to Sound Shore Medical Center for observation.Read more
After a wild chase liveblogged on Talk on the Sound involving police from New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Eastchester, and Bronxville police departments and the Westchester County Police as well as helicopters and K-9 units, Lance Baptiste, 32, of Waterbury, Conn., and Eddie Torres, 25, of Davidson Avenue, Bronx, were each charged today in US District Court in White Plains with Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Distribute.
The multi-agency Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force has joined the investigation and the two suspects will be prosecuted in Federal Court by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Federal agents and local police, including detectives from the County Police, serve on the DEA Task Force.Read more
A male Hispanic fled a traffic stop on the Cross-County Parkway near New Rochelle Road and is being chased by over 40 police cars from multiple jurisdictions. The search area is in Mount Vernon and Eastchester. K-9 units have been deployed. A WCP helicopter is over the area, visible from New Rochelle.
Large quantity of narcotics found in car.
Command Post set up at Mount Vernon High School.
Suspect last scene moving through backyards in direction of Eastchester and Tuckahoe. Dog going that way near 35 Colonial.
2 helicopters up. 40 cop cars in the area. Police from WCDP, Eastchester, Mount Vernon, Bronxville and New Rochelle involved.
Tracks leading into house at 18 Hilltop. House surrounded.
Guy running out, caught, arrested.
WCPD asked us not to publish the names but the Journal News has gone ahead and done that so we provide additional details here:
Found in the car: 18,000 glassine envelopes of heroin (est. value $100,000), $17,000 in cash
Lance R. Baptiste (age 32)
55 Congress Avenue
Eddie Torres (age 25)Read more