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.
On December 11, 2017 at about 7:40 P.M. officers from the New York State Parole, City of Dunkirk Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office went to 3647 New Rd. in the Town of Dunkirk attempting to serve a New York State Parole arrest warrant. At this time Rodney HAWKINS Jr. (subject of the warrant) attempted to flee from officers by jumping through a front window of the residence. HAWKINS, age 29, of Fredonia, NY, was taken into custody after a brief foot chase and was initially charged on the original Parole warrant of arrest, Resisting Arrest and Obstructing Governmental Administration in the 2nd Degree. As a result of this initial encounter members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence from the Town of Dunkirk Court. The search warrant was then executed and as a result of the search warrant execution officers took Jonathan M. LINGER, age 30, of Dunkirk, NY and Martin J. WISNIEWSKI, age 43, of Dunkirk, NY into custody. During the course of the search warrant, officers located and seized a large amount of crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana. As a result of the seizure, each of the defendants are charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. All of the defendants were subsequently arraigned in the Town of Sheridan Court and committed to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail. Additionally, HAWKINS, will be arraigned on a felony arrest warrant from the City of Dunkirk Court charging him with Criminal Contempt in the 1st Degree. This warrant stems from a separate investigation by the City of Dunkirk Police Department.
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Dunkirk Police Department. Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activities within their neighborhoods at either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.
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.
On May 20th, 2017, Officers responded to Brooks Hospital for a report of an apparent stabbing victim. The victim, a 33 year old male from Dunkirk, was able to give responding Officers a statement regarding the incident, including positively identifying the suspect, Christopher D. Cancel-Vazquez, 18, also from Dunkirk.
After receiving complaints from neighbors using the “Nextdoor” social media site the police department participates in, City of Dunkirk police were monitoring any suspicious activity at a vacant house on E Talcott St. On Friday, April 21, 2017, at about 5:45 PM, while in the area officers came across a suspicious subject. That subject gave officers a false name and date of birth several times. After further investigation, it was determined that the subject was in fact Angel M. Soto-Alvarez, 27, of Dunkirk, NY and he had an active warrant for a violation of his conditional release. Soto-Alvarez was taken into custody and transported to Dunkirk Police Headquarters. While booking Soto-Alvarez, officers located several hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia associated with it. In addition to the warrant, Soto-Alvarez is also charged with False Personation and Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Needle.
City of Dunkirk Police arrested a City of Dunkirk couple on several drug related charges following an incident at 34 W. 4th St. early Tuesday morning. At around 1:30 AM, Dunkirk Police patrol officers responded to 34 W. 4th St. after an officer spotted Nicholas Bailey through a window. Bailey was wanted on an outstanding Felony Warrant for Criminal Mischief for intentionally damaging property. Officers surrounded the residence and knocked on the door. There was no response but officers were able to see Jenna Matney moving about inside the apartment. Matney was wanted on an outstanding warrant for violation of probation. Officers announced that they would force entry if they did not open the door. When there was still no response, officers forced open a screen door, prompting Jenna Matney to come to the door where she was taken into custody. Officer continued to search the residence and found Nicholas Bailey. He was also taken into custody. While in the residence officers located and seized a significant quantity of cocaine powder that was packaged for street sale, a small amount of marihuana and assorted drug paraphernalia. Both were charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (Intent To Sell), which is a Class B Felony. They were also charged with unlawful possession of marihuana. They were taken to Police Headquarters and locked up without bail pending arraignment in Dunkirk City Court.
On 4/16/2016, a number of Officers of the City of Dunkirk Police Department, both in plain clothes and in uniform, engaged in a City wide street crimes detail. The purpose of this operation was to further promote the safety of the community by policing in a proactive manner which is designed to deter criminal activity on local street corners, execute outstanding warrants, and aggressively enforce vehicle and traffic laws in high traffic areas. During the operation, Officers made several arrests for a variety of charges:
1) Jerry Murphy, 22, of Forestville, NY was charged with PL 221.05, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.
2) Luis Aviles, 53, of Dunkirk, NY was charged with VTL 511 (1A), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, VTL 1172 A, Failure to stop at a stop sign
3) Martin Wisniewski, 41, of Dunkirk, NY was charged with PL 220.03, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
4) Lisa Farner, 50, of Silver Creek, NY was charged with PL 220.03, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, VTL1163, No Turn Signal
5) Vicki Lynn Badia, 51, of Zephyr Hills, FL was charged with PL 220.0, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
6) Jose Correa, 36, of Dunkirk, NY was arrested on outstanding warrants, charging him with PL 240.26 (1), Harassment in the Second Degree, and PL 145.05, Criminal Mischief (Felony)
7) Javier Hernandez-Gonzalez, 26, of Dunkirk, NY was charged with 2 counts of VTL 1126 A, Passing on a double solid line
Details like the one that was conducted this weekend will stress quality of life issues for the residents of the City of Dunkirk. As warmer weather is upon us, please be mindful of possible criminal activity in your area. Citizens are encouraged to call the City of Dunkirk Police Department and report any unusual activity. (716)366-2266
At approximately 2:05 AM on Sunday September 20, 2015, City of Dunkirk Police Officers observed Justin T. Schuk, age 34, operating a vehicle on East Second St. Officers had prior knowledge of an outstanding arrest warrant for the subject which was issued by City Court Judge Walter Drag. A vehicle and traffic stop was executed and Schuk was taken into custody without incident. Miguel A. Delvalle, age 41, who was a passenger in the same vehicle, was taken into custody after further investigation revealed that he was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun, which was concealed on his person, an amount of Cocaine, prescription pills and a substantial amount of currency. Both subjects were held in City Jail pending arraignment. Schuk’s warrant was for Petit Larceny and Delvalle was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree with intent to sell, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.
On September 1st, 2015, the City of Dunkirk Police Department arrested a Dunkirk man on an array of charges after an extensive manhunt that lasted from mid morning until just before 2:30 this afternoon. The incident began at about 9:20 AM when police were called to a Hoyt St. residence for a report of a violent domestic disturbance. While on scene investigating the incident, officers learned that Devon Wilson, age 21, of 111 Lord St, Dunkirk, NY, who was wanted on numerous outstanding warrants for Assault 2nd Degree (Felony), Criminal Possession Of A Weapon 3rd Degree (Felony), Endangering The Welfare Of A Child, Menacing 2nd Degree, Harassment 2nd Degree, and Disorderly Conduct, had fled the scene after displaying what appeared to be a handgun. A search of the surrounding area ensued and several sightings of Wilson by area residents were reported as he ran from the area. Officers from surrounding police agencies, including the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Police and the Fredonia Police Department responded to assist and a perimeter was established. Police K-9 units conducting a training in the area from Dunkirk PD, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, NY State Police, Jamestown PD and Lakewood-Busti PD arrived at the scene to conduct an extensive K9 search of the area. Police developed information that ultimately led them to an upper apartment at 51 E. Fifth St, Dunkirk, NY. The house was surrounded and Devon Wilson surrendered to police without incident after a brief standoff.