Police: EF Student Assaults Officers

Pedro Ortiz, 21, reportedly punched and kicked detectives trying to arrest him for marijuana sale and possession.

An student faces felony charges after reportedly assaulting officers trying to arrest him on Tuesday afternoon for marijuana possession.

Police detectives spotted three young men sitting on stairs at the edge of the EF property on Neperan passing around a marijuana cigarette on Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. When police approached the men to make the arrest, two of the men complied but the third put up a fight and, said Lieutenant William Herguth, “escalated charges against him. He went from a simple marijuana arrest to assault in the second degree.”

Pedro Ortiz, 21, apparently punched and kicked the detectives, who sustained bruises from the blows, said Herguth. While the two other men were discharged with misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of marijuana, Ortiz faces three felony counts of assault along with three other misdemeanor charges: one count of resisting arrest, one count of possession, and one count of sale of a controlled substance.

Herguth explained that by law you don't need to have exchanged money for something to constitute a “sale.” Just the act of Ortiz passing around the joint merited this charge.

Herguth said that Ortiz, roughed up in the police arrest photo, had sustained facial cuts and abrasions already from a previous fight. Though police didn't know exactly what happened in the previous fight, Herguth said that the man “told us after that he resisted arrest because he didn't want to be caught with possession and feared he would be kicked out of the EF program.”

Ortiz could face upwards of a year in prison if convicted, said Herguth. Police believe he comes from Ecuador.

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True Believer August 09, 2012 at 06:26 PM
It never ends with these students! Lack of supervision is responsible. Hire enough security instead of cutting corners.
Gargamel August 09, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Jaques Strape August 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Not tuned up enough.
eleanor miscioscia August 10, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Student my you know what he is 21 years old he is an adult and if he cant act as a proper guest in our country he shouldnt be allowed to be here. EF school really needs to see what kind of rif-raf they are subjecting our village too. Marymount girls were saints compared to these "STUDENTS"
bill of rights August 10, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Commenters are so negative. Reactionary judgemental hypocrites.
Ethel August 10, 2012 at 02:36 PM
"Herguth said that Ortiz, roughed up in the police arrest photo, had sustained facial cuts and abrasions already from a previous fight." Hmmmm. I'd like to hear the other side of this story.
Melissa August 10, 2012 at 02:36 PM
People in our own country don't act like proper responsible adults either! It blows my mind how quick everyone is to judge the foreign students! If the title of the article had read "Young Tarrytown Resident" instead of "EF Student" would you still have the same comments???
Melissa August 10, 2012 at 02:39 PM
And by the way, WHERE do you think these students got the marijuana from?!?! I'm pretty sure they didn't bring it from Ecuador!
Ethel August 10, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Imagine the uproar if the cops went after the tarrytown residents who regularly smoke pot, most of them well beyond their teenage years.
Patricia August 11, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Don't fight with the police. It is as simple as that
A.s August 11, 2012 at 04:10 PM
He is not like that
A.s August 11, 2012 at 04:11 PM
He is a awesome person, i dont what happened with Him...
Truth Revealed August 12, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Officer Herguth?? That guy still works there.. I remember him from when I was a kid and that was like 45 years ago..
eleanor miscioscia August 13, 2012 at 02:38 PM
whatever these are not your typical students and i am glad that some of them have recently begun wearing ID badges. They are all over the hill on Neperan and do not follow the safety rules of the road which are universal they are a menace to drivers. Let them smoke pot who cares but let them act like responsible citzens. Not animals
Krista Madsen (Editor) August 13, 2012 at 03:05 PM
You're about right, he's in his 45th year of service with the TTPD.
John Anderson August 13, 2012 at 03:24 PM
This guy will get off.
John Anderson August 13, 2012 at 03:25 PM
No Comment.
joy August 13, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I am glad he is stil around. He is a great guy.
Patricia August 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM
21 years old and smoking marijuana on a college campus, that's unheard of.
Krista Madsen (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Deleting expletives here, let's keep it clean!


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