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Police Find Teenage Girl Partially Clothed and Unconscious in Car, PC Man Charged

Police have charged a Port Chester man with felony unlawful imprisonment, and say they're investigating the possibility of sexual assault. The incident began with a party in Rye Brook, where the teenagers were drinking alcohol, police said.

Port Chester police are investigating a possible sexual assault after finding a teenage girl "partially clothed" and unconscious in the back of a car on Smith Street.

Detectives have arrested 18-year-old William Christopher Avelar of Port Chester and charged him with felony false imprisonment in the incident, which police said started with an unsupervised party at a Rye Brook home where teenagers were drinking alcohol.

Officers were called to Smith Street on Wednesday after a passerby reported a woman in need of assistance. 

The victim was unconscious officers "determined that the female had been dragged numerous times, partially clothed, back into a vehicle that was found parked at the scene," according to police.

Avelar was nearby, and after an investigation police charged him with first-degree unlawful imprisonment, a felony. He was arraigned and sent to Westchester County Jail on $3,000 bail. Avelar's next court date is slated for July 21.

Police are still sorting out the details.

"An investigation into the possibility of a sexual assault is still ongoing," reads a press release issued today by the Port Chester Police Department. "Investigators from both the Port Chester and Rye Brook police Departments are also looking into the source of the alcohol as well as the activities involving otheryouths believed to have been at the gathering."

"There is a possibility of upgraded or additional charges being filed at the conclusion of the investigation."

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Keith Morlino July 09, 2011 at 11:15 AM
Is it me or does it seem like there is more crime in Port Chester than other communities ? I never felt unsafe but it is a little unnerving.
Frankie Val July 10, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Its all around the same areas lately too, Smith Street, Oak, Regent, and William.
Nik Bonopartis July 13, 2011 at 03:52 AM
Another reader asked a similar question not too long ago. My belief: Certain types of crime may be more common here than in other Westchester towns, but the main difference is transparency. I've looked at the FBI UCRs for every town, city and village in this county. Some of them have all zeros across the column entries for crimes like burglary, assault and robbery. Some of those departments are hostile to media. You can draw your own conclusions. The PCPD deserves enormous credit for being transparent, even when an incident is sure to draw criticism. (Two recent examples: Dispatching a fox that approached kids at an elementary school, and releasing the mugshot of a Greenwich guy who filmed kids at Lyon Park, black eye and all.) Two other factors: The large immigrant community and dense downtown district, and the proximity to the CT border, where 2 a.m. last calls mean an influx of already-drunk revelers heading to bars in Port Chester. This is probably worth a more in-depth look down the line and would make for an interesting story.
George Datino July 13, 2011 at 10:41 AM
Nik, Not sure that the immigrant community is a factor. For sure the dense, overpopulated area (thank you greedy landlords) is a factor and so is the 4 a.m. closing time of the bars but I have seen pictures of or descriptions of the assailants as being white, african-american and hispanic. I would think maybe the general economic situation of the people living in the area might be a better factor. By saying the large immigrant community is a factor is not a fair representation and can lead to racism. Not sure if I am wording this correctly but I hope my meaning is coming accross.
Rafael Amaya July 13, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Mr. Datino, I think I understand where you're coming from (correlation doesn't necessarily imply causation). However, I respectfully disagree that the immigrant community isn't a factor. From gang graffiti (has their presence in PC been confirmed?) to "chica cards" to landlords taking advantage of them (partially responsible for the overcrowding) to criminals targeting them (because of their status) and everything in between, I can see why they'd be considered a factor. Not saying that things would be hunky dory if they weren't here, but having such an elevated number of people increases the likelihood (IMO) that something errant may happen.
Nik Bonopartis July 13, 2011 at 04:37 PM
I suppose anything can be interpreted the wrong way, but it is a factor. It also cuts both ways: Immigrants are prime targets for predatory criminals. We've seen this again and again in Port Chester. If you've got a gun and you want to relieve someone of their wallet and cell phone late at night on Poningo Street, who's the easier target? The legal citizen who will report the robbery to police, or the illegal immigrant who does not have a bank account, carries around all his cash, and is far less likely to report the incident for fear of deportation? It's also a fact that the local police are forbidden from confirming resident status or enforcing federal immigration law. That's a policy issue decided by lawmakers, not law enforcement. I hope we can acknowledge these things without having to worry that fact will be misinterpreted as racism.
George Datino July 13, 2011 at 04:43 PM
How do you tell by looking at someone what their legal status is?
Nik Bonopartis July 13, 2011 at 05:01 PM
"How do you tell by looking at someone what their legal status is?" That's a question for people who are in the business of armed robbery, yeah? Maybe the anti-Discrimination Center can subpoena criminals and work up a lawsuit aimed at making robberies more diverse. On a more serious note, we all like to joke that criminals are stupid, but I suppose if you're willing to go far enough to rob people on the street, you develop ways of zeroing on in the people who are likely to have a week's worth of wages in their pocket. I really don't know how they do it besides assuming it's a combination of guesswork and intuition. But it happens quite often in this village, and the police blotter and our news archives provide plenty of examples.
George Datino July 13, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Well, I did first interpret your comment that immagration was a factor because they are the ones committing the crimes. It wasn't until our "conversation" which you clarified the position that immigrants make for an easier target so therefore are a factor. I apologize that I didn't read it that way the first time around. With that said, I still think the economic position of the people living in the community vs. that of the surrounding communities is probably the biggest factor. Another big factor is the "Night Scene" in Port Chester. You don't see all the restaurants, bars, clubs, etc. where people are out and about at all hours of the night in some of the surrounding communities.
mytwocent July 15, 2011 at 06:04 PM
$3000. bail for a felony? Has to be a very weak case. other wise it would have been $300000. Most likely her boyfriend. he is 18 she is over 16. This case will go no where not even worth reading.

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