YONKERS, NY — September 28, 2017 — In relation to the police shooting incident involving Yonkers Police Officer Kayla Maher, the following Defendants have been identified and charged as follows:
Defendant 1: Frank Valencia
Birth Date: May 22, 1999;
Address: 43 Crestview Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801.
Count 1: Attempted Murder – 1st Degree
Count 2: Criminal Possession of a Weapon – 2nd Degree
To wit: The defendant(s) at the above date, time and place, with intent to cause the death of a Yonkers police officer, P.O. Kayla Maher, Shield No. 1130, did attempt to cause the death of such police officer who was at the time of the attempted killing engaged in the course of performing her official duties and the defendant knew or reasonably should have known that the intended victim was a police officer, in that the defendant did fire multiple shots at said police officer from a loaded and operable firearm, to wit: a .40 caliber Glock Semi-automatic pistol.
Defendant 2: Jerry Reyes
Birth Date: November 11, 1995;
Address: 19 Burling Lane, #3, New Rochelle, NY 10801.
Count 1: Criminal Possession of a Weapon – 2nd Degree
To wit: The defendant(s) at the above date, time and place, did knowingly possess a loaded .40 caliber Glock 23 pistol in the vehicle he was operating. Said possession did not take place in the defendant’s home or place of business.
Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “Defendant VALENCIA stands accused of perpetrating one of the most heinous of violent acts, the attempted murder of one of our police officers; his alleged actions were an assault on Officer Maher, the Yonkers Police Department, and the community we serve. Due to the bravery and courage of our Police Officers, VALENCIA and REYES were taken into custody and have been delivered into the Criminal Justice System where they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
REYES was arraigned on 9/27/17 with bail set at $100,000 cash or $250,000 bond; VALENCIA was arraigned at a bedside hearing on 9/28/17 at the Westchester County Medical Center.
The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office is managing the prosecution of this case.
NOTE: Booking charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
SOURCE: Det. Sgt. Dean Politopoulos, Yonkers Police Department Communications, Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.
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