City of Dunkirk Police concluded a robbery and assault investigation this morning with the arrest of Fernando Martinez Jr, age 37, of Dunkirk, NY. It is alleged that Martinez forcibly stole an undisclosed amount of cash from an individual in the afternoon hours of November 8th, 2017 and caused physical injury to that person in the course of the robbery. Martinez was taken into custody at his residence after being found to be hiding inside of a washing machine. Martinez is being held over night in City lock up and will be arraigned in City Court on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree.
A Dunkirk man is behind bars in the Dunkirk City Lockup on a wide array of charges after an incident overnight in the City’s First Ward area. The incident began at around 11:30 PM when a City of Dunkirk Patrol Officer stopped a vehicle on Lake Shore Dr. East near Armadillo St. for a traffic violation. The incident escalated when the officer discovered that a man wanted on several outstanding felony warrants for robbery was attempting to hide under a blanket in the back seat of the vehicle. The officer called for back-up and as officers arrived on scene, the man, identified as Walter S. Duprey, age 33, of Dunkirk, NY, crawled into the front passenger seat, locked the door and told the female driver to take off. Officers were able to get the driver to shut off the engine and got the keys from her, but as Duprey was being removed from the vehicle he began struggling with officers and took off running into the yards. Dunkirk Officers, with assistance from the Village of Fredonia Police, SUNY Fredonia University Police and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist and a perimeter was set up to keep Duprey contained within the block. Officers then searched the back yards and flushed Duprey out. He again lead officers on a foot pursuit but was ultimately caught and subdued on Pangolin St. near the intersection of Pine St. He was taken to Dunkirk Police Headquarters where he was charged with the 2 Felony Robbery warrants from prior incidents and was additionally charged with one count of Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd Degree, 2 counts of Resisting Arrest and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree which resulted from Duprey dropping a small bag of cocaine on the floor of the vehicle during the traffic stop. Duprey is being held without bail until his arraignment in Dunkirk City Court.
Dunkirk Police responded to a report of a robbery in progress at Kwik Fill on Central Avenue at around 10:02 PM on Saturday night. An undetermined amount of cash was taken by an unknown subject during the incident. No weapons were displayed during the robbery. The suspect fled the area prior to Police arrival on scene. The incident is currently under investigation at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dunkirk Police Department at 716-366-2266 or the confidential tip line at 716-363-0313.
On October 18th, 2015, at about 3:50 PM, the Dunkirk Police Department was dispatched to the area of 109 S. Gazelle St. in the city for a report of a fight. Upon arrival, officers found that a person had been robbed at gun point and assaulted for money. A description was developed and responding officers located a person matching the description running from the area. When officers attempted to stop the subject, the subject fled from officers and into a nearby upper apartment at 91 E 2nd St. The subject barricaded himself for a short time inside the apartment then exited an upper apartment window onto the roof of a porch. After about 25 minutes of negotiating with the subject, he surrendered. The subject, identified as Leonard E. Aguayo, age 28, of 29 Stewart St, Rochester, NY will be charged with Robbery in the Second Degree (C/Felony), Assault in the Third Degree (A/Misd), Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree (A/Misd).
The Dunkirk Police Department is investigating two armed robberies. The first armed robbery occurred on September 28, 2015, at about 12:41 AM, at the Clarion Hotel, which is located at 30 Lake Shore Dr E, Dunkirk, NY. The second armed robbery occurred on September 28, 2015, at about 7:35 PM, at Kwik Fill, which is located at 769 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY. During the Clarion Hotel robbery, one subject dressed in dark clothing, with a concealed face and armed with a weapon demanded money. The clerk complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of money. During the Kwik Fill robbery, two subjects, dressed in dark clothing, with concealed faces and armed with weapons demanded money. The clerk complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of money. The Dunkirk Police Department wants all city residents to contact Headquarters if anyone or any vehicles appear to be suspicious. Anyone who may have information, please call the police desk at 366-2266 or the confidential tipline at 363-0313.
On Thursday, September 24th, 2015, at about 1:35 PM, Police responded to the hold alarm at Cattaraugus County Bank, located at 1065 Main St. Ext Dunkirk, NY. The bank employees gave a description and direction of travel to the police. They report the man passed a note to the teller without saying a word, demanding money. The teller complied with demands and then pressed the bank hold up alarm. A perimeter of the area was set up by officers responding from the Dunkirk and Fredonia Police Departments, DPD K9 “Nico” and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department and University Police from Fredonia. The suspect was located in a field a short way from the bank and identified as Tyler Moon, age 29, of 54 N. Greenfield Rd. Porter Corners, NY and taken into custody. No weapon was displayed or located. Cash, in an amount excess of one thousand dollars was taken and recovered through investigation. Moon was charged with Robbery in the Third Degree and Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree. Moon was arraigned and being held without bail for a preliminary hearing scheduled September 29, 2015 in Dunkirk City Court.
“A job well done by all involved in bringing this to a swift and safe conclusion”. “The tellers were attentive and gave a good description and direction of travel, they did all they could do in a case like this. They are trained and told to cooperate to prevent further complications and followed through with this.” – Captain Kenneth Kaus
The City of Dunkirk Police is currently investigating a series of three armed robberies that were reported simultaneously at approximately 10:50 PM on Monday July 20th, 2015.
Two of the victims were walking through the tunnel that leads from w. Third St. to Robin St. when they were approached by three light skinned males that were displaying handguns. Property was taken from the two victims and one of the victims was struck in the head with a handgun by one of the subjects. A third victim, who was on Robin St., was approached by the same group of subjects, robbed at gunpoint and the three subjects stole a vehicle from the victims yard. The vehicle is a white 2004 Pontaic Grand AM bearing New York Registration GTY-8143. The vehicle has a rear spoiler and black rims. Two of the three victims were treated for minor lacerations sustained as a result of the robberies.
At this time, the three subjects in this case are still at large and the vehicle has not been recovered. Anyone that sees this vehicle is encouraged not to approach and call the City of Dunkirk Police Department at 366-2266 or dial 911. Anyone having information on this case can call the City of Dunkirk Police Department at 366-2266 or the confidential tip line at 363-0313.