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Peekskill Man Charged in Home Invasion

A Peekskill man is being held on several criminal charges after unlawfully entering a private residence and assaulting a female resident in front of her daughter earlier this month, police said.

Horacio Reyes, 30, was arrested on Oct. 20 and charged with first-degree burglary, a class B violent felony, first-degree criminal contempt, a class E felony, and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors.

"As of this time, Mr. Reyes remains held in the Putnam County Correctional Facility in lieu of $35,000 cash bail or $75,000 bail bond as set by the court," said Capt. William McNamara of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

Shortly before midnight on Oct. 12 the sheriff’s office received a complaint that Reyes had arrived at a Route 9 home owned by a female victim. Knocking on the door and demanding entry, Reyes was denied access to the house and told to leave, police said.

As the victim entered her bedroom, she noticed that Reyes had climbed through a window and into her bedroom, police said. Once inside the house, police said Reyes argued with the victim, the fight escalated and Reyes allegedly grabbed the woman by her neck and choked her.

The victim’s 11-year-old daughter, who police said witnessed the incident, dialed 911. Reyes grabbed the phone away from the child and hung it up, police said, then fled from the house prior to the arrival of a sheriff’s deputy.

The case was referred to investigators Stephen Tricinelli and John Matrician of the Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation, who found that Reyes had violated the terms and conditions of an existing order of protection issued in Putnam Valley Justice Court in October of the previous year, police said.

Police said they located Reyes as he arrived at the Philipstown Town Justice Court in an attempt to retrieve bail money from an unrelated incident. He was arraigned in Kent Justice Court on behalf of the Philipstown Justice Court

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