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Man Flees Traffic Stop, Jumps into West Branch of Delaware River

Retired NYC Detective/Walton Trustee Aids Police
By Lillian Browne


Walton Police Officer Joe D’addezio and Sergeant/Detective Brian Laauser take one of three unidentified men into police custody, on Water Street, following a traffic stop on Stockton Avenue. 
Lillian Browne/The Reporter Walton Police Officer Joe D’addezio and Sergeant/Detective Brian Laauser take one of three unidentified men into police custody, on Water Street, following a traffic stop on Stockton Avenue. Lillian Browne/The Reporter WALTON - A unidentified man fled the scene of a traffic stop on Walton’s Stockton Avenue on Sunday, April 8 at approximately 1:20 p.m., and jumped into the West Branch of the Delaware River in an attempt to evade police.

Multiple police agencies responded to a call for assistance from Walton Police, including the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Colchester Police, New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police and New York State Police. Prior to those agencies arriving, however, Walton Police Officer Joe D’addezio, with the assistance of retired New York City Police Detective and Walton Trustee Steven Sehen - who heard an officer was requesting assistance - had pulled the unidentified man from the river, on Water Street, and secured him in the back of an ambulance.

The man was transported to Delaware Valley Hospital with signs of hypothermia. Before he was transported, another unidentified man, claiming to be the first man’s son, arrived on Water Street, and was taken into police custody.

Walton Police Sergeant and Detective Brian Laauser said the unidentified driver of the black van was being held on charges of driving with a suspended registration and speeding. An occupant of the van fled the scene when D’addezio contacted immigration officials after learning that the two men were undocumented, Laauser further stated.

Two men remained in custody at the Walton Police Department at 3 p.m., awaiting the arriving of ICE - United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, while the third man was being treated at Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton.

Police said they could not release the identities of the men until immigration officials processed them.

At approximately 9 p.m. Sunday evening, two of the three men were arraigned in Walton Village Court. Noel Rubio-Cruz, 27, with a Bronx address, was arraigned on four vehicle and traffic violations including speeding, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and failure to return unregistered license plates. He was sent to the Delaware County Jail on $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 bond.

Alfredo Moldanado-Garcia, 19, also of the Bronx, was arraigned on charges of second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest. He was sent to the Delaware County Jail on $4,000 cash bail or $8,000 secured bond. Both men are scheduled for a further court appearance in Walton Village Court on April 16.

Immigration officials took custody of the third man, who was later identified as Adrian Peralta- Reyes, 47, on a fugitive warrant. According to a press release issued by Walton Police on April 9, Moldanado-Garcia, is also in the country illegally.

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