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Parole Officer Injured In Peekskill Arrest

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – An Orange County man is facing a felony assault charge after attempting to escape parole officers, according to Peekskill police.

Walter Herring, 30, of Newburgh was in Peekskill about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, to check in at the state parole office on North James Street. When he was told his parole was going to be suspended, he fled the building and tried to drive away in his girlfriend’s vehicle, Peekskill police Sgt. Ray Henderlong said.

“We got calls about people running around with guns out, and we then realized they were parole officers,” Henderlong said.

Herring got into the rear seat of the vehicle, and the girlfriend complied with the parole officer’s commands to stop. Herring then jumped into the front seat and pressed on the accelerator, causing the vehicle to strike the one of the parole officers, Henderlong said. The vehicle eventually was stopped on Brown Street, where Peekskill police arrested Herring.

He was charged with second-degree assault on a police officer, a class D felony. The injured parole officer was treated at Hudson Valley Hospital Center and released. Herring was held for arraignment.

The following items also were reported by Peekskill police:

Counterfeit Discs: Harry Parker, 45, of Peekskill was arrested by Police Officer Michael Lawrence at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, on Highland Avenue and charged with third-degree trademark counterfeiting, a class A misdemeanor. Parker had more than 150 counterfeit movie DVDs and music CDs, according to police. Parker was held for arraignment in City Court.

Robbery: Robert Patterson, 35, of Peekskill was arrested at 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in the 100 block of North Division Street and charged with first-degree robbery, a class B felony. Officers saw a man requesting their assistance who indicated he had been robbed, and Officers Joe Gorman and James Knapp saw Patterson a short distance from the victim’s location, police said. After a brief pursuit on foot, Patterson was arrested. He was held for arraignment in City Court.

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