Police: 'Very Disturbing Attack'

Both Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow reported rough fights with resulting or expected arrests in their blotters.

To each village, a bloody street fight.

In Tarrytown:

On October 5 at 1:27 a.m., police responded to a call they received for a fight in progress at 33 Main Street.

A complainant, a witness and two defendants were treated by Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Greenburgh ALS at police headquarters.

Two police officers were left with the defendants' blood on their hands, forearms, and bulletproof vest covers while making their arrests. Lieutenant William Herguth said the protocol on officers getting blood on themselves is simply that they disinfect and clean themselves and their uniforms.

The two defendants were released to their fathers. Terence M. Capucci, 22, and Jonathan W. Paul, 27, were charged with assault in the third degree with intent to cause physical injury with a return court date of Oct. 10. The victim’s torn shirt was left in evidence. 

In Sleepy Hollow:

On October 6 an alleged attack that Lieutenant Anthony Bueti described as “very disturbing” took place on Beekman Avenue.

A man came into headquarters at 3:34 a.m. saying he had just been assaulted. Officers came to the station with an ambulance and medic, as the man apparently “took a good licking,” Bueti said. “I was amazed he was able to walk away.”

Officers searched the area for suspects, apparently multiple adult men.

Bueti said the parties involved were known drug dealers “with histories.” There is video, he said, of “definitely more than three people” fighting the man. In New York State, Bueti clarified, anything more than two people is considered a “gang” assault and prosecuted as such, whether or not there’s an official gang affiliation behind it. 

Bueti said the case was still under investigation and police were identifying suspects. No arrests have yet been made. “It was very disturbing,” he said, “because no one called the police.”

The victim, meanwhile, reported later that when he had returned from the hospital, the bike that he had parked in front of his residence was now missing.

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joy October 17, 2012 at 01:06 PM
winning10591 October 18, 2012 at 02:54 AM
If the police know who these people are, how come an arrest hasn't been made. How do you allow savages to continue to walk the streets? The law reads: " § 120.07 Gang assault in the first degree; A person is guilty of gang assault in the first degree when, with intent to cause serious physical injury to another person and when aided by two or more other persons actually present, he causes serious physical injury to such person or to a third person. Gang assault in the first degree is a class B felony." This is a serious crime and the people involved should have been arrested immediately, and orders of protection should have been issued to the victim.
Krista Madsen (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 02:57 AM
They didn't know immediately, they had to identify them in a tape; still under investigation and police didn't want to reveal much more and hurt the investigation.
winning10591 October 18, 2012 at 03:09 AM
The article states that the suspects were "drug dealers with histories." If they know this, they know who they are. An arrest should have been made.
Krista Madsen (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I think there's just more too it that wasn't disclosed - Bueti promised a press release later in the week.
winning10591 October 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM
In speaking to the victims father, I have been informed that no arrests have been made yet on this incident. I understand that there is video and that the suspects are clearly identifiable. The victim has not been issued an order of protection yet and the family is concerned for his safety. We understand that there may me political motivation behind the stall tactics. Is the PD going to make the arrests which should have been done the moment the suspects were identified, or should the victims family start looking for an attorney?
Truth October 26, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Why is it that a serious, "very disturbing" assault occurs in the village of Sleepy Hollow and there is no information or arrests more than twenty days later? The officer quoted says there is video of the assailants and that they are known drug dealers.It's a shame the victim has to live in fear and the criminals win. Why hasn't there been an official statement released regarding the emergency response time to the tragedy during the 10k? I'm not blaming Patch on this one. I'm sure if there was any progress from the SHPD this would have been reported. Any info?
Krista Madsen (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 05:33 PM
No official statement yet regarding 10k except to say that one is coming. As far as the arrests from this assault, also no news. I asked Bueti early this week and he said a press release should be coming as well...
Truth October 26, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Thanks for the effort, Ms. Madsen. It's preposterous that it would take any municipality this long to communicate with residents regarding two very serious matters that impact public safety. It all seems rather fishy to me and those "in charge" should be called out on this one. Maybe they're all too busy planning for a Haunted Hayride that ends up losing money each year it occurs. What a joke!
J. Cattano October 26, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Very Very fine line between cops and criminals-
Krista Madsen (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Update: arrests release is here: Six arrested (note they were not all just arrested now, this has been ongoing). http://patch.com/A-zwW2
bill smith November 10, 2012 at 12:52 AM
What are you so worried about residents when you have stated that "you are happy to have moved out of the slums of the inner village of Sleepy Hollow" which one is it? Oh & I see that you are somewhat negative towards our municipality but then you later state "great job SHPD/Detective" which one is it again? You seem fishy to me!!!!
Andrea Santiago November 10, 2012 at 02:07 AM
How funny that you comment on 10/24 & are stating that the family doesn't have an attorney yet when it happened on the 6th? If he was really the victim shouldn't he have hired one right away? oh i forgot he is a criminal. That is going back to jail for violating his parole. So he must be the "most wanted"


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