On January 28th, 2017 at approximately 5:00 AM, City of Dunkirk Police, while on patrol, were notified by a citizen that a parked vehicle on the 600 block of Eagle St. appeared to have been struck. Through an investigation, it was determined a vehicle, which fled the scene, sideswiped one vehicle and rear ended a second. Both vehicles sustained significant damage. Officers located the alleged suspect vehicle a short distance from the scene and we’re able to develop a suspect. The suspect, Juan C. Bautista, age 20, was charged with Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 3rd degree, Speed not reasonable and Leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
On January 14th, 2017, at approximately 8:40 PM, City of Dunkirk uniformed patrol officers responded to the area of 68 King Street in the City of Dunkirk. Upon arrival, the above defendant, Damian Young, 27, of King Street, was observed in the roadway being disorderly and shouting profanities. After ignoring several commands, Young was taken into custody. Further investigation revealed Young was in possession of a loaded stolen firearm, which was linked to a previous burglary complaint in the City of Dunkirk. Young was transported to Dunkirk Police Headquarters and held without bail pending arraignment. Young was charged with Criminal Possession of a weapon in the second degree (Felony), Criminal Possession of a weapon in the third degree (Felony), Criminal Possession of stolen property in the fourth degree (Felony), and Disorderly Conduct.
On January 5, 2017, at about 6:00 PM, the City of Dunkirk Police Patrol Division located and arrested Ryan R. Valentine, 30, of 521 Main St. Dunkirk, New York, on an outstanding arrest warrant that had been issued by Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag. The arrest warrant charges Valentine with one count each of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. The warrant was issued based on information from an investigation conducted by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force into cocaine sales by Valentine in and around the City of Dunkirk. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that Valentine had sold cocaine to agents of the task force on multiple occasions. As a result of the arrest, Valentine was taken to the City of Dunkirk jail where he will be held until his arraignment before Judge Drag and further actions by the court. This arrest is part of an ongoing investigation into cocaine sales in the City of Dunkirk. Authorities continue to ask the community members to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhood at either 800-344-87024 or 363–0313.
On Saturday December 31st, 2016 at about 12:15 P.M., Officers of the Dunkirk Police Department executed a vehicle and traffic stop on a vehicle travelling on Lake Shore Dr. East for suspected improper license plates. The operator, George L. Santana, age 23, gave police a fictitious name and could not produce proper identification. The passenger, Frances Flores-Pabellon, age 23, produced identification and was found to be a fugitive from justice, having outstanding Felony warrants in Puerto Rico for Dangerous Drugs. Both were transported to Police Headquarters for further investigation. George L. Santana was positively identified through fingerprints and was found to also be a fugitive from justice, having an outstanding Felony warrant in Puerto Rico for Attempted Aggravated Murder of a Police Officer. Santana was additionally charged with False Personation, Possession of Burglars Tools, Improper Plates, and Unlicensed Operation. Both were arraigned in Dunkirk City Court by Judge John Kuzdale and held without bail in Chautauqua County Jail pending extradition process.