Criminal Trespass Arrest

Angel Rosas Jr.

On February 8th, 2017 at 6:00 pm, City of Dunkirk Police was notified by a citizen that a subject was seen climbing a fire escape and entering the second story apartment at 38 Pine St. Upon arrival Patrol set up a perimeter and entered the apartment where they found Angel M. Rosas Jr. inside the apartment. Through investigation it was determined that the suspect was not allowed in the apartment. Rosas was taken into custody and held overnight on bail. He was committed to the County Jail after appearing in City Court on Thursday.


Narcotics Arrest

Jeremy Echevarria

On February 7th, 2017 at about 1:10 P.M. the Dunkirk City Police and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force located and arrested Jeremy N. ECHEVARRIA of 775 Washington Aver., Dunkirk, NY at the intersection of 4th St. and Swan St. in the City of Dunkirk on an outstanding Dunkirk City Court arrest warrant charging him with one count each of Criminal possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance in the Degree. The warrant is based on information supplied by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that ECHEVARRIA has sold quantities of cocaine to agents of the Task Force within the City of Dunkirk. As a result of the arrest ECHEVARRIA was arraigned before Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag and then committed to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further action of the court.

Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhood.

Assault Arrest

Pedro Negron-Guzman

On Monday, February 6, 2017 at about 3:00 pm, City of Dunkirk Police patrol officers responded to the area of Washington Park for a reported fight. While dispersing the groups in the area, a concerned citizen approached officers and notified them that he had heard a female yelling for help from a residence nearby. While approaching the house, officers could hear yells for help and the breaking of windows. Officers made entry into the apartment and located Pedro Negron-Guzman, age 49, of Washington Ave, Dunkirk, NY, and an injured female. Negron-Guzman was detained while medical personnel were called to attend to the injured female. Further investigation revealed that Negron-Guzman threatened the female with a hammer and then physically assaulted her with a baseball bat causing several injuries. When the victim attempted to dial 911 Negron-Guzman reportedly swatted the phone away, preventing her from doing so. The victim then broke a window out of the residence to notify nearby officers. Negron-Guzman was transported to City of Dunkirk Police Headquarters where he was booked and charged with the offenses of Assault 2nd (felony), Menacing 2nd (misdemeanor) and Criminal Mischief 4th (misdemeanor). The female victim was transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital for further treatment of her injuries. Dunkirk Police were assisted on scene by Dunkirk Fire and Alstar personnel.  Negron-Guzman is awaiting arraignment in City of Dunkirk Police lockup.

Hit and Run/Vehicle Pursuit

Earvin Ezell

On Tuesday January 31st at around 9:57 pm Dunkirk Police were dispatched to the intersection of S. Roberts Rd and E 2ndSt for a report of a hit and run motor vehicle accident. A description of the suspect vehicle was obtained and a vehicle matching the description was spotted heading south on the 400 block of Main St. Officers attempted to stop the suspect vehicle but the driver refused to comply. Officers continued to pursue the suspect vehicle for an extended period of time. At one point in the pursuit the driver of the suspect vehicle made a U-turn and almost struck a pursuing Dunkirk Police patrol vehicle.  As the pursuit approached King St. the suspect jumped from the vehicle and a foot chase ensued. Officers chased the suspect to an apartment on King St, where he was found hiding in the attic. After speaking with the homeowner it was found that the suspect did not live or belong in the apartment that he ran to. The suspect/driver was identified as 23 yr old, Earvin I. Ezell of Fredonia, NY. He was arrested for Resisting Arrest and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree and also issued (12) traffic tickets related to the original accident and the pursuit.

Hit and Run Arrest

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.

Gun Arrest

Damian Young

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.

Drugs Sales Arrest

Ryan R. Valentine

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.

Fugitive of Justice Arrests

George L. Santana
(No picture available for Frances Flores-Pabellon)

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.

Dunkirk Police participates in “Holiday bags for Solitary Seniors”

Left to right: Mayor Willie Rosas, Lt. Mark Timmerman, Chief David Ortolano and Sgt. Mark Gruber

On December 20, 2016, Dunkirk Police Officers helped deliver holiday bags and ham dinners to seniors.

“The spirit of Christmas filled the air as Officers from the Dunkirk Police delivered holiday bags prepared by Chautauqua County Office for the Aging staff. The annual “Holiday Bags for Solitary Seniors” project provides bags with small gift items along with a ham dinner to seniors in Chautauqua County who otherwise would not receive a present or visit at Christmas,” said Office for the Aging staff member Kate Finch.

This is the second year the Dunkirk Police have participated in this event.  “The Dunkirk Police Department enjoys this event as it gives officers a chance to connect with seniors during the holiday season. We look forward to next year.” said Chief Ortolano.

Dunkirk Exempts Donates Equipment

Pictured left to right: James Stoyle Exempt House Chairman, Officer Shane Carlson, James Hyland Exempt President, Chief David Ortolano

The Dunkirk Exempt Fireman’s Association recently made a generous donation to the City of Dunkirk Police Department which was used to purchase two portable lighting devices.

The Exempt Association has always stepped up to help out when needed and has donated to the Department in the past many times to assist with equipment purchases.

On behalf of the Dunkirk Police Department, and the Community we serve, we want to thank them for their continued support.