Tales from the blotter

| 22 Feb 2012 | 01:43

    Monroe - The following stories come from the reports of the Monroe Village Police Departments; Police said woman ties up acquaintance, makes off with $8 and heroin Monroe - Village Police said a Monroe woman broke into the apartment of an 18-year-old acquaintance last week and threatened her with a pair of scissors before tying her up and leaving with $8 in cash and some heroin. The 27-year-old woman was arrested the following day in a motel in the New Windsor area. According to Monroe Police Det. James Frankild, here’s how the incident went down: At about 11:20 p.m. last Thursday, Aug. 26, Monroe Police were called to a multi-family residence about a possible domestic dispute in one of the apartments. Officers found a distraught 18-year -old female in the apartment who had her hands tied behind her back. The apartment was a mess. Frankild said the 18-year-old told officers that a woman whose face was covered with a bandanna had entered her apartment and attacked her while she was in bed. Police said the suspect did not have a weapon but used a pair of scissors she apparently found in the apartment to menace the victim and gain control over her. The victim told police that the attacker forced her to open a safe in the apartment and then tied her hands behind her back and forced her to lie on the floor while the suspect ransacked the apartment. The suspect made off with $8 and a quantity of heroin. Police said the victim was not seriously injured. She told officers that she knew the woman who robbed her. Police agencies throughout the area were alerted to the incident and on the following afternoon the Town of New Windsor Police Department located the woman at a local motel. Marissa Bonagura, 27, of Monroe, was arrested and brought to police headquarters in Monroe. She was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and second-degree unlawful imprisonment. She also was charged by State Police with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle from a complaint that they had received the day before. Bonagura was arraigned in Monroe Village Court by Acting Village Justice Lawrence Lezak and sent to Orange County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. - 30 - Monroe police charge woman with DWI after hit and run accident Monroe - Village Police have charged a young Chester woman with driving while intoxicated following a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Lake St. and Millpond Parkway just after 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25. Police said a car driven by Monique Valentin, 23, of Chester, hit another car that was stopped at the light at that intersection. “A description of the vehicle was broadcast,” said Det. James Frankild, “and one of our officers found the suspect vehicle in ShopRite Plaza off Route 17M.” Frankild said Valentin failed several field sobriety tests. “At headquarters Valentin was given a breath test and her blood alcohol level was found to be .29 percent, over three and a half times the legal limit (8 percent),” the detective said. Valentin was arraigned in Monroe Village Court on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and leaving the scene of an accident, a violation. She was sent to Orange County Jail in lieu of $750 bail, pending a future court date. Police said there was some damage to the vehicles, but no one was hurt. - 30 -