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Brewster Man Faces 3 Harassment Charges in Recent Weeks

The Brewster and Carmel Police Departments provided the following information. It does not indicate a conviction.

A Brewster resident who spent time in jail earlier this month in connection with two harassment violations was recently remanded there again, police say.

Carmel Officers Tom Raffaele and Justin Fisher arrested Oscar Torres, 33, of Center Street, around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Shop Rite parking lot on Route 52. 

"The suspect ... allegedly threatened to kill a male at that location as well as his dog and the rest of his family in violation of the order of protection," Carmel authorities said in a statement. Officials were referring to a 46-year-old Carmel resident, who previously filed a report with the .

The complainant told officials that the defendant threatened to injure him and damage his vehicle in late June, according to Brewster Chief John DelGardo. He arrested Torres and charged him with harassment, a violation, and released him pending a July 2 appearance in court.

During that session, Village Justice Richard O'Rourke issued an order of protection on behalf of the complainant, prohibiting contact between the two. DelGardo also re-arrested Torres when he showed in court, as the Department received another report of harassment.

A 35-year-old Brewster woman told police that the defendant purposely bumped into her while she walked down North Main Street in Brewster, authorities say. He allegedly threatened her while the two exchanged words.

Village Justice Richard O'Rourke remanded Torres to the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $1,000 cash bail following the re-arrest, DelGardo said. He also issued an order of protection on behalf of the second complainant.

Torres' arrest in Carmel resulted in another harassment charge, as well as a misdemeanor charge of second-degree criminal contempt. Following arraignment, Carmel Town Justice Joseph Spofford remanded the defendant to jail on $5,000 bail.

marty July 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM


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