Indictment Handed Up in Yonkers Firefighter Death

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Yonkers FF-diFiore Indictment Roland 102609

White Plains, NY — Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Rafael Roldan (DOB 06/01/76) of 67 West 175 Street, Bronx, New York has been indicted today on a six count indictment charging him with:

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One count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class “A” Felony,

One count of Arson in the Second Degree, a class “B” Felony

Two counts of Assault in the First Degree, class “B” Felonies,

One count of Burglary in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,

One count of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, a class “D” Felony,

Relating to the death of Yonkers Firefighter Patrick Joyce and serious injuries to Lt. Joseph Murray and Firefighter William Kanych, Jr.

On October 2, 2009, at approximately 1:08 a.m., the Yonkers Fire Department  (YFD) responded to 149 Waverly Street on the report of a multi-family structure fire.  Upon arrival, firefighters observed flame and smoke pushing out of the front of the home. 

As the YFD put out the fire in the front room a second blaze erupted in the rear of the house on the same floor. This fire broke out quickly into a side stairwell and blew up to the top floor. Once on the top floor the fire burned through a door and entered a room where three YFD members were located. These firefighters, trapped by both the fire and the heat, had to jump from a third floor window. 

Firefighter Patrick Joyce died as a result of the three story fall, while Lt. Joseph Murray and Firefighter William Kanych survived but sustained serious injuries.

Among the injuries to Lt. Murray were multiple fractures of his ribs, spine, and burns that required his continued hospitalization and surgery.

Firefighter Kanych’s injuries included a fractured foot, burns, and spinal injuries that required his continued hospitalization and surgery.

Fire investigators from the Yonkers Fire and Police Department’s have ruled this fire arson.

During the investigation, Yonkers police detectives developed information regarding the movements and motivations of the defendant, who was spotted in the building shortly before the fire was reported.

The police eventually located the defendant in The Bronx. 

Arraignment on the indictment is pending.

The defendant is currently remanded at the County Jail.

Roldan faces a maximum of twenty five years to life in state prison on the top count of the indictment.

Assistant District Attorney Timothy Ward, Chief of the Arson Unit, will prosecute the case.

Download: People v Rafael Roldan_91026 – Indictment # 09-1316

In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code of

Professional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge is

merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed

innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Comments 13

  1. Why are people(firefighters) who had nothing to do with the apprehension of ihjs individual standing in front of officer’s who worked tirelessly to bring this creep to justice.

  2. Fox is a nobody who desperately wants to be a somebody.
    He sold himself to Amicone a long time ago.
    Why do you think he is working at special op’s padding his pension? Because Amicone is throwing his dog a bone.

  3. That’s probably right,Anon.Who would want that classless Moron that should be “Officially” out of office in a couple of days.BIGBALL: Why dont you run for union Pres.?

  4. Why is Fox there??? You answered your own question.#1, He is using this tragedy to his own benefit.#2, Fox is a digrace. Who else would put on a suit and parade themselves in front of a camera during this unfortunate occurance, except the degenerate opportunist HUGH FOX. Just read the faces of those in this picture. Pagano- I ah duh guess bringing Fox wasn’t such a good idea. Mayor- Pagano, I can’t believe that you have continually asked me to let this asshole Fox carry my water. Fitzpatrick- I hope I get some new toys out of this. Cucolo- I just want to go to the line, so I can get away from these degenerates. Flynn- I can’t believe that they are putting this asshole Fox back up on a pedestal, He is just going to slash my tires again. McGoey- Why am I standing next to this piece of crap, I carried him for three years, now he wants me to carry his degenerate ass again. My back hurts. Sharkey (The man in the mint green tie) I can’t believe that McCabe and I worked so hard to capture this arsonist, just so this degenerate oppurtunist Fox can run the good name of my fellow Police Officers through this rag of a blog, when all they did was there job. The brother of Patrick Joyce, Peter Joyce, Did you see him on snooze 12, DISTRAUGHT. Knowing that he is surrounded by degenerate opportunists. GOD bless Patrick Joyce, His wife and two daughters. The last thing they need is degenerate oppurtunist like Hugh Fox.

  5. Why Is Fox there??? Unbelievable that he would even show his face there. The guy is using a tragedy to his own benefit.
    Fox is a disgrace!! not to mention the fact that he is not the union leader and has noi right there.

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