An Orange County cabbie was sentenced to 21 years in prison for the rape of two young women last year, according to Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler.
Javier Alexander Vilchez Salazar, 34, of New Windsor, who pleaded guilty to rape in March, was sentenced Thursday to the prison term and 10 years post-release supervision for raping two young women last year, the DA's Office said.
Salazar picked up the two young women as fares when he was driving a cab near bars and nightclubs on the waterfront in the City of Newburgh. At the time Vilchez Salazar pleaded guilty, he admitted that on Nov. 12, he was driving a cab by the waterfront in Newburgh when he picked up a young woman who was looking for a cab to take her home. Vilchez Salazar admitted driving her to the vicinity of Lake Street in the Town of New Windsor and engaging in sexual intercourse with her by force.
He also admitted that on Sept. 3, he picked up a different young woman by the waterfront in Newburgh, who similarly was looking for a cab to take her home. Vilchez Salazar admitted driving the woman to the vicinity of Lake Street in New Windsor and engaging in sexual intercourse with her by force, the DA's Office said.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Newburgh Police Department, the Town of New Windsor Police Department, the New York State Police, and an Orange County District Attorney’s Office investigator for the investigation of the case.
“The community will be safer during the two decades that this defendant is incarcerated,” said Hoovler. “The defendant’s predatory attacks on unsuspecting women who were merely trying to get home safely deserves a lengthy prison sentence. The bravery and tenacity of the survivors of these attacks in coming forward and cooperating with law enforcement are to be admired, and was indispensable to the successful prosecution of this case.”
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Kerry Kolek.
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