Man Charged with Robbery of Goshen Quick Chek and Three Attempted RobberiesFeb 7th, 2015 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on February 6, 2015, Anthony Werner, 44, of the Village of Florida, was arraigned in Orange County Court on an indictment charging him with several crimes, including Robbery in the Second Degree, Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree, Menacing in the Second Degree, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Werner was arraigned before County Court Judge Robert H. Freehill, and was ordered held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail or $75,000 bond. Werner is next scheduled to appear in County Court on February 26, 2015.
The indictment alleges that on Christmas Eve, 2014, Werner forcibly stole money from an employee of the Quick Chek convenience store in the Village of Goshen, by displaying what appeared to be a handgun. In addition, the indictment alleges that on December 26, 2014, Werner attempted to rob a McDonald’s in Middletown and a Dunkin’ Donuts in the Town of Wallkill, as well as attempting to rob that same Goshen Quick Chek again on January 10, 2015.
In each of the attempted robberies, Werner is also alleged to have displayed what appeared to be a handgun, while wearing a hooded sweatshirt and covering his face with a bandana. Images were retrieved from security cameras in several of the locations. In addition, a search of Werner’s vehicle recovered bullets, a box for a handgun, and clothing worn during some of the crimes, including bandanas. Werner is also alleged to have attempted to hide clothing that he wore during the January 10 attempted robbery.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the Village of Goshen Police Department, the City of Middletown Police Department, and the Town of Wallkill Police Department for their investigation and apprehension of Werner.
“Small business owners, their employees, and their patrons have a right to conduct business free from fear of physical violence and robbery,” said District Attorney Hoovler, “and society must deal severely with individuals who terrorize innocent victims by making them think they’ll be shot if they don’t turn over their money. My office will seek lengthy prison sentences in every case involving the use, or threatened use, of a gun during the commission of a robbery.”
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Kelly is handling the prosecution.
A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.