Monroe, NY - Three Arrested In BB Shootings In KJ And Surrounding Areas
Monroe, NY - Three Monroe residents have been arrested after a series of Orange County pellet gun shootings.
Andrew Ippoliti and Myroslav Kobernyk, both 18 years old, and Patrick Boss, age 20, were charged with multiple misdemeanors and felonies by both local and state police in connection with the incidents which took place over this past week.
Trooper Steven Nevel of the New York State Police told VIN News that the first incident took place on Tuesday, when someone fired a pellet gun at an individual In Kiryas Joel on Meron Drive. Two more incidents took place on Wednesday and Thursday, the first occurring on Satmar Drive and the second on Lakes Road. The targets in all three incidents were Chasidic Jews and Nevel said that it was unknown at this time if the Kiryas Joel incidents would be treated as hate crimes.
The trio was apprehended on Thursday afternoon at approximately 1:30 PM by the Town of Chester Police Department, after police received reports of a parked vehicle with broken windows which appeared to have been shot by a pellet gun.
Having been made aware by a motorist that a black two door sedan with a gun sticking out of a window had been spotted in the town on Wednesday night, officers began patrolling the area and observed two more broken vehicle windows, as well as a car matching the description that had been given to police.
Police from the Town of Chester stopped the vehicle, and after discovering several pellet guns inside the car, began further investigation of its three occupants.
Boss, Ippoliti and Kobernyk were all charged by the Town of Chester with criminal mischief in the third degree before being turned over to State Police for their investigation into the Kiryas Joel incidents.
Ippoliti was charged by State Police with three counts of menacing in the second degree and three counts of reckless endangerment. Boss was charged by State Police with one count of menacing in the second degree and one count of reckless endangerment for his participation in the October 21st shooting. Kobernyk was charged by State Police with one count of menacing in the second degree and one count of reckless endangerment for his participation in the shooting on October 22nd.
All three men have been released by State Police, who are continuing to investigate the incidents. Trooper Nevel said that it is unknown at this time the men were due in court or if any of the three had any prior arrests.
Both Ippoliti and Kobernyk are 2015 graduates of Monroe Woodbury High School. Kobernyk, a former member of the school’s junior varsity wrestling team, had enlisted with the United States Marine Corps several months ago.
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