Criminal Mischief Arrest

Gabriel M. Soto

On February 25, 2020, at about 4:13 PM, the City of Dunkirk Police were called to Central Ave. for a report of a person causing damage to parking meters. Officers located the damaged meters and quickly located the subject a short distance away from the reported area.

The subject, Gabriel M. Soto, age 27, was identified by witnesses as being the person that did the damage to the meters. Soto was taken into custody and found to be in possession of tools which aided to commit the damage and several hypodermic instruments. 

Soto charged with Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree (Class A misdemeanor), Possession of Burglar’s Tools (Class A Misdemeanor), and Possession of Hypodermic Instruments (Class A Misdemeanor). He was processed at Police Headquarters and released with an appearance ticket for a future court date as per NY bail reform.

Gunshot Complaint

On February 12, 2020, at about 3:09 PM, City of Dunkirk Police received several calls reporting gunshots fired on Ruggles St. Responding officers quickly located Christian A. Horta-Romero, age 21, of Ruggles St, Dunkirk, NY, coming out from a backyard of a residence on Ruggles St. It was learned through investigation that the subject discharged several rounds from a firearm while in the back yard of the residence.  A loaded firearm was recovered from the scene. The subject is being held in City lock up pending arraignment on charges of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class C Felony) -Discharging a Firearm within the city limits (Dunkirk City Code – Misdemeanor).

Dunkirk Police were assisted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police.