Controversial Video: Two Arrested In Thefts From Unconscious Port Chester Man

Bronx woman arrested at club, a second person turned himself in to face charges.

Port Chester police have made two arrests in connection with the who was sprawled out in front of a North Main Street home for hours.

The incident was among five separate robberies of the same man that was caught on video during the early-morning hours of May 20 by a Port Chester homeowner who is also Port Chester Patch blogger. The video sparked outrage in the community and attracted national — and international — media attention.

Police said Melissa Rodriguez, 34, of 5567 180th St, Manhattan, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, in connection with the theft of a set of headphones from a Port Chester man. Rodriguez was arrested about 4 a.m. Sunday at La Dole Vita, the bar/nightclub just a few doors down from the sport where Rojas had been lying on the sidewalk for hours.

Rodriguez has been released on $750 bail pending a Port Chester Village Court hearing.

Police Chief Joseph M. Krzeminski said tonight a second person has been arrested in connection with this incident. He said that person turned himself in to police today.

Port Chester police said their investigation into the incidents is continuing.

The thefts were discoverd after two Port Chester homeowners discovered a man in their backyard, attempting to get into their home through a back door. They called police, who charged the man with tresspassing.

Police said the man was intoxicated and had no identification with him at the time of the arrest. After he was arrested, police said he did not complain of being robbed. An investigation, however, began after the Port Chester homeowners reviewed video from a security camera on their front porch.

The video showed that the man had been lying on the ground in front of the house for hours, with people stepping over him and other robbing him. Police said no one called police to notify them that an unconscious man was on the sidewalk.

magdalena mosiej June 05, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Very glad that justice is being served for once in Port Chester. Those individuals should be ashamed of their selves to take advantage of a helpless person. Instead of checking his pockets they should of been checking if he was alive. Justice is being served thank god.
JJ June 05, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Good job PCPD!
Linda Turturino June 05, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Good Job PCPD . ...this was just glossed over last night at the meeting last night yes movement in the right direction !!!!!!!!
Anonimous June 06, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Good PCPD next close that Ficha Bar is the most danger bar in town
margaret taylor June 09, 2012 at 07:32 AM
its about time they start doing there job,any other time there worthless.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »