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POLICE ARREST 20 TEENAGERS SEARCHING FOR “SCARY PLACES”
April 9, 2009


Contact: Lt Paul J. Rickard – (845)343-3151

The City of Middletown Police and Orange County Sheriffs office arrested 20 teenagers last night for Trespass after they were found in a fenced-in area next to an abandoned building at the former Middletown Psych Center. Three other teenagers were in the area but were not in the building. The building is located at 22 Dorothea Dix Drive in the City of Middletown.
The teenagers are students at Washingtonville High School and told responding officers that they found the building by doing a Google search of the scariest places in Orange County. The teenagers told responding officers that they wanted to go inside because they heard that building was in the “Top five of scariest places to visit”.

Middletown Police responded to a report of suspicious vehicles at 11:19 last night. Officers found the defendants upon their arrival.

The building is one of the original buildings on the Psych center property and has been fenced off for over the past 10 years. The building formerly housed patients at the Psych Center.

Those arrested by the Middletown Police are identified as:
Daniel Strommer (17 years old) of Washingtonville
Julia Pasqua (17 years old) of Campbell Hall
Gerard Scparta (17 years old) of Campbell Hall
Victoria Mendoza (16 years old) of Rock Tavern
Nicholas Tramontozzi (16 years old) of Washingtonville
Timmothy Breheny (18 years old) of Washingtonville
Ciara McKailen (16 years old) of Rock Tavern
John Reyes (18 years old) of Washingtonville
Flynn Kelly (17 years old) of Monroe
Dennis Carolan (16 years old) of Rock Tavern

All subjects were given appearance tickets to appear in Middletown City Court on April 15 to answer the Charge of Trespass, a violation.

The Orange County Sheriffs Office was called by The Middletown Police to assist and processed the other 10 teenagers that were arrested.