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Police: Man with Loaded Handgun Arrested for Menacing on Saxon Woods Road

dogAt 1:15 p.m., Aug. 23, a 40-year-old male caller reported that a man, who was a stranger, pointed a gun at him on Saxon Woods Road. Police responded and searched for the individual accused of menacing, who was described as a black man wearing a blue shirt and black pants, possibly carrying a handgun. The suspect was observed sitting on steps leading to a Saxon Woods Road house, and police requested backup.

Police approached the man and he reportedly began to reach into his front and back pockets with both hands. At that point, officers instructed the suspect to show his hands. Officers grabbed the man’s right wrist and attempted to place his hands against a retaining wall behind him. The suspect resisted and began pushing officers away with both hands. Police used the forward momentum of the suspect’s body to bring him into a prone position. While the suspect and an officer were falling to the ground, the officer noticed an ammunition magazine in the suspect’s back pocket. At that point, the suspect was handcuffed. Police removed an unloaded firearm and a two-inch long knife from the suspect’s pockets. The caller positively identified the suspect as the person who threatened him with a gun, and paramedics arrived on scene to evaluate the suspect. The suspect was identified as David Bright, 60, of White Plains, and placed under arrest. He was charged with second-degree menacing with a weapon and second-degree criminal possession of a loaded weapon.

Stolen bicycle
A Tory Lane boy’s unlocked Mongoose mountain bicycle was stolen from a Village center bike rack at the corner of East Parkway and Christie Place while the boy was in a store on East Parkway Aug. 18. The bike was valued at $300.

Identity theft
On Aug. 17, a Quaker Center resident reported receiving six packages, while she was away, from Neiman Marcus, at her house that she did not order. According to a Neiman Marcus representative, the packages were ordered online using her Neiman Marcus credit card. The combined value of the packages totaled $6,603.29 and included a gifting hair dryer, Lamer cosmetics and a $3,061.59 belt buckle. The resident made arrangements with Neiman Marcus to return the fraudulently ordered items.

A Brite Avenue resident reported an individual used her name and personal information to attempt to fraudulently open a loan out from the Small Business Administration Aug. 22.

On Aug. 18, a Stratton Road man reported he was scammed out of more than $2,400 while applying for employment using an online platform. As part of the alleged application process, the person posing as an employee sent checks to the man and required him to deposit them and send online payments to designated parties and purchase gift cards. The man did so and sent payments in excess of $2,400 via Zelle, Cash App and gift cards. Later he realized the deposited check was fraudulent, and the exercise was a scam.

On Aug. 19, a Nelson Road woman reported she became the victim of an Internet computer scam while attempting to contact a Geek Squad representative to fix an alleged computer issue on Aug. 13. She said she tried to call the corporate number for Geek Squad and was directly to another number to speak to an alleged technical support representative directly. She provided her name, address, email address, telephone number and IP address to that alleged rep, and she allowed him to access her computer. The rep requested an initial payment via PayPal of $411.99. She paid the money and continued to speak with the rep over the phone for the next two days. The rep reported finding multiple problems with her computer and was told it might take up to 72 hours to resolve the matter. The rep requested additional payments in the amount of $425, to be made payable through Google Play cards, which the woman purchased through CVS and sent to the alleged rep. Soon thereafter, the woman realized the person with whom she was speaking and to whim she had sent payments was not a member of Geek Squad. Police advised her to monitor her finances and to take her computer to a physical store to check and secure her computer since it had been accessed remotely.

A caller reported her mother gave $3,000 to a phone scammer, and her mother’s bank was requesting a police report to take further action Aug. 19. Police attempted to call the mother, but she did not answer the phone. Police left a voicemail for follow up.

A Popham Road school director reported that an alarm sounded at the school and the firebox pull was broken Aug. 18. The director thought it could have been a prank, as he had left some of the doors open while a worker was working outside. Police investigated and found no signs of criminality.

A woman accidentally dropped her phone on Chase Road, at Spencer Place, and it fell through a storm sewer grate Aug. 18. Police notified the highway department to assist her in retrieving her phone.

Two businesses on Depot Place called police around noon on Aug. 19 to report that a male customer was “getting unusually close to customers in the store” and possibly “attempting to touch” a female customer. The employees of the businesses said the male customer was “disrupting” other customers and “would not leave.” The employees from each business each said that they believed the man may have been suffering from mental illness or experiencing some sort of difficulty. He left the stores before police arrived.

A Butler Road woman reported seeing, via surveillance camera, an elderly woman in a nightgown or housecoat approach her front door and attempt to look into her mailbox Aug. 20. The elderly woman appeared to be disoriented. Police searched the area for the woman but could not locate her.

A caller expressed concern of flooding due to a sprinkler on Herkimer Road that had been on “for a long period of time” Aug. 20. Police went to the scene and observed a sprinkler in normal operation, with water flowing away from the house and into a storm drain. The homeowner could not be reached to discuss further.

A Village employee reported seeing a dog lying motionless on a Palmer Avenue driveway Aug. 20. Police spoke with the homeowner who said her dog was “sunbathing” outdoors and in good health.

Installation request
A Brookfield Lane housekeeper denied a request by two men with blonde hair to enter her employer’s house to allegedly perform an unscheduled communications installation Aug. 20. While investigating the call, police saw Verizon workers in the area. They were unsure if any of their technicians might have gone to the Brookfield Lane house by mistake.

A School Lane resident came home to find his garage lights on unexpectedly Aug. 21. Police checked the garage and found no signs of criminality or unauthorized access. The resident then said his parents, who had left the house earlier in the afternoon, might have left the lights on.

Bicyclist hit
A 33-year-old Fenimore Road bicyclist was struck from behind by a car, driven by a 24-year-old New Rochelle driver, on Weaver Street, near Old Lyme Road, shortly before 6 a.m., Aug. 19. The bicyclist was transported to Westchester Medical Center for injuries. Police closed the road and set up a detour while Westchester County police reconstructed the accident scene for investigation.

On Aug. 21, the manager of Quaker Ridge Golf Club reported that unknown people were dumping debris, including a discarded toilet and old paint cans, in an empty Bradford Road lot that is owned and maintained by the Club. The debris was removed, and police will conduct extra ridebys of the lot.

Cars and roadways
On Aug. 19, a caller reported a log rolled off a highway department truck and fell onto the street at Palmer Avenue and Lincoln Road. Police went to the scene, but the log had already been removed from the roadway.

Police spoke with two homeowners whose garage doors were left open on Herkimer and Heathcote roads Aug. 19. Each homeowner thanked patrol, said the open door was accidental and closed the door.

A wheel came off a double axel trailer truck while the truck was travelling on Post Road Aug. 20. Police notified a tow service for assistance. The tow mechanic temporarily reattached the wheel so the truck could be moved off the roadway and transported to a repair shop.

Police called a tow for a driver whose car sustained a flat tire on Mamaroneck Road Aug. 21, at 2:30 a.m. They called another tow for a driver with a flat tire on Fenimore Road later that morning, around 9 a.m.

A driver backed out of his driveway and hit a parked car on Lincoln Road Aug. 21. The accident caused property damage only, and police helped the drivers exchange information.

Two callers reported cars, possibly including a silver Dodge Charger or Mustang, “doing donuts” on Hampton and Olmsted roads shortly before 11 p.m., Aug. 22. The cars had already left the scene by the time police arrived.

A driver struck an animal, possibly a coyote or deer, on Weaver Street at 2:55 a.m., Aug. 23. The animal was no longer on the scene. A tow truck removed the car from the road and took it to a service location.

A black SUV was parked too far away from the curb on Gorham Road Aug. 23. Police contacted the owner who subsequently moved the car.

After a disabled car’s engine was jumped on Fenimore Road, the engine stalled again on Mamaroneck Road Aug. 23. Two police officers assisted by pushing the car onto a dead end side road to free Mamaroneck Road for traffic flow. Police contacted a tow truck operator to pick up the disabled car.

A homeless man was found sleeping in his car parked on Chase Road and Harwood Court at 2 a.m., Aug. 24. The man said he did not want any assistance, nor did he want to go to a shelter or hotel. He left the area.

Village code
Police advised a worker to refrain from placing brush from an Oxford Road house on George Field for pickup Aug. 17.

After neighbors complained about noise from a small gathering on Secor Road, police asked the homeowner to lower the volume of music Aug. 17.
After neighbors complained about a loud pool party on Hanover Road Aug. 18, police spoke the homeowner who said adolescent son had four friends over to swim. While on scene, the friends’ parents arrived to take their sons home.

At 2:30 a.m., Aug. 19, neighbors complained of loud noise at a Bell Road house. The resident had some friends over, and he assured police he would make sure the gathering remained quiet.

Police issued summonses to landscapers using gas-powered leaf blowers on School, Church and Wayside lanes Aug. 19, Crossway Aug. 20 and Ogden and Franklin roads Aug. 21.

Police told residents talking on a Sprague Road front porch that neighbors complained of noise, even though police did not deem the noise to be unreasonable Aug. 20.

Neighbors complained of a loud youth party on Sunset Drive Aug. 22. Police remained on scene until all youths were picked up by their parents.

Pandemic restrictions
A group of teens were observed congregating without masks and not social distancing in a Scarsdale Avenue parking lot Aug. 21. Police advised them of the governor’s executive orders, and the youth put on masks and left the parking lot.

Lost and found
On Aug. 17, a Dobbs Terrace resident reported losing a passport after she mailed it to the Social Security Administration and did not receive it back after it was supposedly mailed on July 7.

A passerby found a written-out check for $60 on the street at East Parkway and Christie Place Aug. 22. Police attempted to contact the person who had issued the check in order to return it, but the attempt was not successful. The checked was vouchered at headquarters for safekeeping.

A Village resident reported losing his car’s front license plate somewhere in New Haven, CT, Aug. 23. Police reported the lost place to police in New Haven, and the resident was issued a lost plate form for the NYS DMV.

A Village resident reported losing both of his car’s license plates after turning the car into a dealership in Brooklyn with the plates attached. The dealership told the resident the plates had been lost. Police assisted by issuing a lost plate form for the NYS DMV.

On Aug. 17, firefighters assisted Hartsdale firefighters at the scene of a house struck by lightning.
On Aug. 18, an overheated motor caused a dryer fire that self extinguished in a Kensington Road house. Firefighters observed a smoke odor in the basement laundry room. The odor was isolated to the dryer. Firefighters disconnected electricity and gas connections to the dryer and removed the exhaust duct to confirm there was no extension of fire. Firefighters advised the resident to replace the unit and ensure proper ductwork. Firefighters noted the existing ductwork consisted of a 4-inch PVC drainpipe exceeding 36 inches. The fire inspector was notified for follow-up.

An outdoor hissing sound and an indoor odor of natural gas alerted a Torrence Place resident to a gas leak Aug. 18. Firefighters went to the scene and observed a contractor had severed a gas line with an excavator. The contractor temporarily crimped the line and secured it with duct tape. Firefighters stood by for Con Edison and shut down circuits to an air conditioner condenser unit located near the gas line. The building department was informed about the job site, in order to follow-up to verify safe working conditions. Con Edison arrived and clamped the line to prepare for a pressure test and service restoration.

On Aug. 21, smoke from a smoldering fire pit infiltrated a Carthage Road basement through an open window. Firefighters ventilated the basement and advised the resident to completely extinguish any embers in the fire pit after each use.

On Aug. 23, firefighters stood by for Con Edison at the site of burning wires on Beechwood Lane.

Commenting on the report, resident Jack Binder said, "I’m so proud of our local police force. Your story about the man with the gun is an example of excellent police procedures. Black man, gun, nobody died! That’s the way it should be in America, and in the rest of the world. The few times I’ve had interactions with our local police in 35 years as a resident have always been exemplary."

This report covering police and fire department activity from Aug. 17-23 has been complied from official information.

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