Friday, May 24th

New Rochelle Police Arrest NYC Men with Gun and Drugs at Traffic Stop

gunPhoto Credit: New Rochelle PoliceArrested: On May 1, at about 9:55 pm, New Rochelle Detectives stopped a motorist for failing to use a turn signal while turning from Lincoln Avenue to Memorial Highway. During the stop, detectives observed what appeared to be heroin in a Ziploc bag in a center console cup holder. A Narcotics K9 unit responded to assist and confirmed that the substance was indeed narcotics. The two occupants of the car were placed under arrest. During a further search of the car, a hidden compartment was located and within the compartment, known as a “trap,” a stolen .32 caliber Keltec handgun, 85 grams of cocaine, 245 oxycodone pills and 110 ecstasy pills were found. Additionally, $4,261 in small bills was found in the occupants’ possession. Arrested were: Ronny Mota, 34, of the Bronx, and Biang Velasquez, 28, of New York City. They were charged with felonies including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Burglary attempts

A Palmer Avenue resident reported damage to a window screen and thought it was suspicious, possibly an attempted burglary on April 23.
A Hazelton Drive resident reported damage to living and dining room windows and doors, suggesting forced entry and attempted burglary on April 27. Nothing appeared out of order inside the house.
Police assisted the Town of Mamaroneck police with a burglary in progress in its jurisdiction at 7:30 p.m., April 27.

Police were called to mediate a disagreement between two fathers in a Wayside Lane parking lot on April 24. One was teaching his son how to drive and left the scene before the patrol's arrival. The other was teaching his daughter to ride a bicycle.

On April 22, a Post Road woman reported a white man wearing all black and carrying a black book bag approaching her front door after looking in her backyard. He could be seen on camera looking in her windows and then in her mailbox. He left the scene and appeared to walk southbound on Post Road. Police advised Eastchester police and canvassed the area. Police observed a party matching the video walking southbound into Eastchester and made contact with the party who stated he was looking for his cousin's house and was not sure of the actual address. He looked in the mailbox to see the name. The party provided valid identification, and a database search yielded no wants or warrants. The man left the scene without incident and continued into Eastchester.

On April 23. A caller advised of a white woman on East Parkway with a hooded sweatshirt and bags. She appeared to be homeless and possibly looking for a shelter. Police assisted her in finding transportation.

On April 23, a Rodney Road man reported two youths knocked on his door at a late hour before leaving, and he had a similar incident yesterday. Patrol advised the man to not interact with the youths as that might make them come back to continue the behavior.

A Brookby Road resident discarded a refrigerator at the curb on April 25. Police advised that its door needed to be removed for safety.

Civil matter
Police advised two Brewster Road neighbors that their argument over parking in a shared driveway was a civil matter on April 25. The issue was already under litigation in court, the neighbors said. Police advised them to park on their own properties and avoid parking on the driveway to avoid further conflict.
On April 28, a Brewster Road resident advised that her neighbor installed a camera facing her backyard. The resident showed the patrol the alleged camera, and it was determined to be a solar light. The resident and the neighbor have had ongoing disputes over property lines and cameras at the location, they said. No further police assistance was needed.
On April 28, a Drake Road resident reported an incident with his house in foreclosure. He said he is in litigation with the bank and that on April 22, two unknown men claiming to be from the bank entered his residence and changed his locks.

Cars and roadways
Police called a tow for a disabled car on Post Road on April 22.
A car sustained a flat tire on Post Road on April 22. Police stood by until assistance arrived.
Police notified Con Edison about a low-hanging wire on Tompkins Road and Morris Lane on April 24.
Police called for a tow for a disabled car on Mamaroneck Road on April 26.
Police ticketed cars parked on the sidewalk on Boulevard on April 25.
Police called for assistance for a car that ran out of gas on Heathcote Road on April 28.
Two car accidents were officially reported in the Village this week.

Village code
On April 22, a Village Hall employee requested patrol make contact with an Uber driver, operating a black Tesla, who parks outside Village Hall and blasts loud music. He has previously been asked by employees to relocate. Patrol made contact with the vehicle operator and informed him that his music was too loud. The operator apologized and said he would move from the location.
Police advised an employee to move a sign on Heathcote Road to comply with the Village Code on April 22.
Police removed illegally posted signs on Post Road on April 24. They issued summonses.
On April 24, police advised Church Lane solicitors that they needed a permit to solicit in the Village.
On April 25, a Brewster Road resident reported a neighbor’s landscaper discarded lawn trimmings in front of her house. Patrol offered to speak to the neighbor about the incident, but the resident did not want police to get involved. She said she would attempt to talk to the neighbor about the situation.
On April 25, police advised a Sheldrake Road solicitor that he needed a permit to solicit in the Village – because his permit’s validity expired that day.
Police removed an illegally posted sign on Heathcote Road on April 28 and issued a summons.

Lost and found
On April 23, a man walked into headquarters and reported losing his general contractor’s license in The Village.
On April 24, a parks and recreation employee reported an unattended backpack on Wayside Lane and requested that police check the bag. Patrol observed the backpack and discovered that it was filled with debris. Nothing indicating an owner was found in the backpack, so police discarded it.
A passerby found a wallet on Scarsdale Avenue on April 25. Police vouchered it for safekeeping.
On April 25, a woman walked into headquarters and reported losing her car’s license plate in The Village.


On April 23, a Lawrence Road resident called to report a fire alarm activation. Firefighters found the resident burning grass and straw in the fireplace with the flue closed. There was a minor smoke condition in the house that was ventilated by opening all the windows and doors. The alarm was successfully reset, and firefighters advised the resident to refrain from burning in the fireplace.
Firefighters retrieved a cell phone from a storm drain on Bradford Road on April 26.
On April 24, contractors in a Brite Avenue house were cutting concrete in the basement with a gas-powered saw. Carbon monoxide became elevated and set off an alarm. Firefighters ventilated the house and advised contractors about safe practices.
On April 24, a wire fell on Fenimore Road. Con Edison was notified.
On April 25, Firefighters responded to an outside odor of natural gas on Windmill Circle. Firefighters found a minor natural gas odor and a leak at the curb drip valve. They stood by for Con Edison.
On April 25, a Con Ed Gas mechanic on the scene reported a leak from an outside meter on Bradford Road. Firefighters gained access through a second-floor exterior door, resulting in no damage. Con Edison personnel confirmed no readings inside the structure. Con Edison personnel reported that they would shut the service off at the meter and leave a notification with instructions for the homeowners on the front door.
On April 27, firefighters assisted at an accident involving a car and a motorcycle on Hutchinson River Parkway.
On April 27, firefighters were dispatched to a Palmer Avenue garage. Crews determined that the residents were unable to open their overhead garage door because it was jammed by a vehicle with an open trunk located inside the garage. Crews closed the vehicle trunk and opened the garage door.
Firefighters were dispatched to East Parkway and Popham Road for a motor vehicle fire on April 27. Upon arrival, crews did not observe any visible smoke or fire. Members noted only an odor of electrical burning. Vehicle occupants reported that the vehicle had shut down at a red light after just arriving in the area from a trip to Pennsylvania. The operator attempted to restart the vehicle and smoke began to emit from the engine compartment area. The occupants exited the vehicle and called emergency services. Firefighters examined the engine compartment for obvious signs of burning with negative results. Thermal images depicted a heat signature within the normal limits of components. No additional smoking or odors developed throughout the investigation. The vehicle was removed by tow.

This report covering police and fire department activity from April 22-28 has been compiled from official information.


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