(Picture: Ramapo Police Department)

On Friday, November 6, 2020, the Ramapo Police Department responded to the Village of Airmont in regard to several vehicles that had their windows shot out with a pellet gun. Witnesses reported that a suspect driving a red pick-up truck (pictured) was believed to be randomly shooting out the windows on parked vehicles. Upon further investigation, it was determined that approximately 20 vehicles were damaged and that 2 storefront windows had also been shot out by the same suspect. With the assistance of the Clarkstown Police Department, the vehicle and driver were both located.

Ramapo Police Department reported yesterday that a 22-year-old male from Suffern, NY, was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree, a D felony, 18 counts of Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree, an E felony, and Reckless Endangerment.

The arrested party was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. He is due to appear in the Villages of Airmont and Chestnut Ridge Justice Courts as well as the Town of Ramapo Justice Court at later dates this month.

There were concerns on social media and in the community about how his release on bail reform will ensure that he does not harass the community again until his court date. It is sometimes difficult for laymen to know the difference between a pellet gunshot and a real gun.