2017-02-08 / Police News

Area Police News

Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested and charged a 34-year-old Delhi man on February 3 with attempted murder, unlawful imprisonment, and criminal possession of a weapon following their investigation of a domestic dispute.

At approximately 9:22 p.m., deputies responded to a 911 report a domestic dispute at the Buena Vista Motel located on Route 28 in the Town of Delhi that was called in by the female victim.

The victim reported that she had escaped from her motel room where her boyfriend had held her captive and beat her before she was able to escape from the room to call 911. The victim further reported that as deputies were responding to her 911 call the assailant chased her down and again began to punch and kick her before dragging her back into the motel room where he brutally beat her with a glass bottle causing her to suffer serious physical injury including multiple lacerations to the face and legs and the loss of several teeth.

Upon arrival at the scene deputies arrested the assailant who was identified as Jamal S. Abrams, 38, who formerly resided in Herkimer and Brooklyn.

The victim was transported to O’Connor Hospital by Delhi Emergency Squad and was subsequently transferred to U.H.S. Wilson Hospital in Johnson City for further treatment.

Following an investigation by deputies, Abrams was charged with a number of felony offenses including second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and first-degree unlawful imprisonment as well as the class A misdemeanor offense of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The defendant was later arraign ed in front of Judge Gumo at Delhi Town Court and was remanded to the county jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bail bond. Two active bench warrants for Abrams’ arrest that are held by the Herkimer Police Department were also filed with the Delaware County Correctional Facility as detainers.

New York State Police at Margaretville arrested William J. George, 54, of Margaretville on January 31 for two counts of the misdemeanor forcible touching.

This arrest occurred after troopers were advised of an incident that had occurred at the apartments on state Route 28 in the Town of Middletown. An investigation determined that on two recent incidents George had forcibly touched two different victims at this location.

George was arraigned in the Town of Middletown Court and was remanded to the county jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 property bond. An order of protection was issued against him on behalf of the two victims.

Delaware County Deputies arrested Samantha J. Rich, 34, of Stamford on February 1 for one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a class “A” misdemeanor in violation of the New York State Penal Law. It is alleged that during the summer of 2016 Samantha let a child who was seven years old smoke marijuana with her at her residence in the Town of Stamford. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Stamford Court on February 14 at 6 p.m. to answer the charge.

Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested and charged Brandon Ortiz, 20, of Stamford on February 1 for the violation level offense of second-degree harassment. The arrest occurred during the course of an investigation of domestic incident that transpired in the Village of Stamford. Ortiz was served a criminal summons, to appear before the Town of Harpersfield Court at a later date.

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