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Peekskill Man Charged in Drug-Fueled Assault

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – A city man faces several charges after police said he attacked a woman Friday in a city apartment building while high on PCP.

Romell Tukes, 22, was arrested at 4:35 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the Crossroads apartment complex by Police Officers Elizabeth Folch, Doug LaPerche and Greg Jones. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony; and third-degree assault and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.

Officers responded to a report of a man who had attacked a woman in the laundry room of 1109 Brown St. They found Tukes under the influence of PHP and extremely combative, police said.

Officers attempted to take Tukes into custody but he fought them. Police used a Taser and pepper spray to gain control of him. Tukes was later found to be in possession of several grams of crack cocaine, police said.

He was taken by Peekskill EMS to Hudson Valley Hospital Center for treatment of acute PCP intoxication. Once released, he was transferred to the Westchester County jail without bail. The woman who was assaulted was treated for minor injuries.

The following items were also reported by Peekskill police:

DWI Charge: Andres Quiradumbay, 24, of Peekskill was arrested at 12:20 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the 400 block of Highland Avenue by Police Officer Fabian Gonzalez. Quiradumbay was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. He crashed into a tree, causing him serious injuries for which he was admitted to Westchester Medical Center. He was released on his own recognizance and is due April 23 in City Court.

Crack Possession: Marshall Pemberton, 63, of Peekskill was arrested at 7:40 p.m. April 5 and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor. Police Officer Matt Basso stopped Pemberton in the 100 block of North Division Street on a minor traffic violation and found him to be in possession of a small quantity of crack cocaine, police said. He was held for arraignment in City Court.

Heroin, Resisting Arrest: Robert Blair, 42, of Peekskill was arrested at 6:35 p.m. Saturday, April 7, and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors. Police Officers Carl DeMarco and Matt Basso said they tried to stop Blair for a minor traffic violation but he refused to pull over. Officers stopped him by blocking his vehicle, and found that he was trying to eat several bags of what they later learned was heroin. Blair struggled with the arresting officers, police said. Three bags of heroin were recovered. Blair was held for arraignment in City Court.

Assault, Crack Charges: Kevin Hutchinson, 48, of Peekskill was arrested at 5:40 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in Lepore Park and charged by Police Sgt. John White and Police Officer John Merritt with third-degree assault, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and obstruction of governmental Administration, all misdemeanors. Officers responded to a report of an altercation in Lepore Park and found a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy who had been assaulted by Hutchinson, police said. He attempted to flee but was eventually apprehended, and was later found to have several baggies of crack cocaine, police said. It was unclear why Hutchinson assaulted the boys, but he appeared to be intoxicated and behaving irrationally, police said. Hutchinson was held for arraignment in City Court.

Shoplifting: Jeffrey Mountain, 59, of Peekskill was arrested at 7:20 a.m. Monday, April 9, at the Stop and Shop Supermarket on Main Street by Police Officer Mary Greenan. He was charged with petty larceny, a misdemeanor. Store security said he stole razor blades and left the store. He was arrested in the parking lot. Mountain was released on his own recognizance and is due April 16 in City Court.

Stolen Road Signs: Mathew Giamatteo, 24, of Wappingers Falls was arrested on the Bear Mountain State Parkway at 8:10 a.m. April 9 and charged with petty larceny, a misdemeanor, by Police Sgt. Ray Henderlong and Police Officer Chris Vazeos. Police responded to a report of a person stealing road signs. Officers said Giamatteo had removed a pole containing two road signs and was attempting to place them in his vehicle. Giamatteo was arraigned in City Court. Bail and further court information was not available.

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