A 22-year-old Port Chester man who was angry that the mother of his two children dropped the kids off at his house is being held in the Westchester County jail today on $50,000 bail on charges that he threatened the woman and forced her out of her home, according to .
The woman, a 24-year-old Port Chester resident, was not injured in the incident.
Police said the arrest of Alexander Mendez of 44 Fox Island Road came soon after Port Chester police received a 911 call at 6:25 p.m. from a home on Sand Street. Lt. James Ladeairous said the caller was speaking in a very low voice and could hardly be heard.
Village police officers were sent to the home and as they arrived they saw a man they recognized, Mendez, and a woman leaving the building. However, Ladeairous said that when officers asked if the two knew about a 911 call, they denied knowing about it.
Inside the building, police found broken glass by the first-floor apartment and residents of the building alerted police that the woman who was with Mendez lives in that first-floor apartment. Ladeairous said that because officers knew Mendez, they knew where he lives on Fox Island Road and went there to see if there was indeed a connection to the 911 call.
At Fox Island Road, police discovered that a court-issued order of protection had been placed against Mendez and that he was not allowed to go to the Sand Street residence of the woman who is the mother of his two children, Ladeairous said. At Mendez’s home, police said they learned that the woman had been threatened and forced to leave her apartment by Mendez.
Ladeairous said the investigation found that the victim had made arrangements with Mendez’s sister to drop off the two children so they could see their father. However, the investigation found that Mendez was angered when he came home and found the children there with his sister, Ladeairous said.
Mendez, according to police, left his home and went to the Sand Street residence, despite the order of protection. In the meantime, police said Mendez’s sister called the victim to alert her that Mendez was angry and was coming to her home.
The victim locked herself in her bathroom and called 911. Ladeairous said Mendez is accused of breaking into the Sand Street apartment and forcing the victim to come with him — also threatening to hurt her if she did not come along and if she alerted anyone along the way that there was a problem.
Mendez was charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal contempt and unlawful imprisonment. He was arraigned in Port Chester Village Court and then transferred to the county jail. He faces another court hearing on May 17.
The two children were not injured. Police also said that when they searched Mendez they discovered he had stolen two pairs of the victim’s panties from her apartment.