Walden Man Leads Town of Newburgh Police On Chase With Stolen VehicleMar 11th, 2013 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles
The Town of Newburgh Police Department arrested Benjamin Prota, age 31, of Walden on multiple charges including the felonies of Robbery in the 2nd degree, Assault in the 2nd degree, Grand Larceny in the 4th degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, the misdemeanors of Resisting arrest, Unlawfully Fleeing from the police as well as numerous vehicle and traffic violations.
On March 10, 2013, at about 4:30pm, Prota had stolen a purse from a shopping cart inside of the Stop & Shop Supermarket on Route 300 in the Town of Newburgh. The owner of the purse chased Prota into the parking lot and was able to draw attention from passers-by. Prota dropped the purse and attempted to flee in a vehicle. A lady in the parking lot saw what had happened and attempted to keep Prota from leaving. Proda, from inside his vehicle, grabbed the womans arm, stole her purse, and dragged her a short distance before she fell to the pavement. The second victim sustained a laceration to her face and bruises.
Multiple agencies were assisting with the investigation and it was quickly learned that the vehicle Prota was operating had been reported stolen earlier that day to the NYS Police in Middletown.
At about 6:00pm the vehicle Protta had been driving, was spotted, parked, at the Newburgh Mall by Town of Newburgh Police Sgt.’s Brucato and Ransom. While awaiting assistance from other officers, Prota appeared and entered the vehicle. Sgt. Ransom confronted him at gunpoint and was struck by Protas’ vehicle as he fled. Sgt. Brucato initiated a car chase that ended on Route 300 in the Town of New Windsor. Prota collided with Town of Newburgh Police Dept Officer Fred Denardo’s vehicle, resisted arrest, and was apprehended with the assistance of New Windsor Police Department Officer Brian McClean and his K-9 “Rommel”. None of the police officers sustained serious injuries.
Prota was held at the Town of Newburgh Police HQ until he was arraigned before Newburgh Town Justice Jude Martini. Prota was sent to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $75,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond pending a future court appearance. Prota is also a suspect in a purse snatch from the Town of Montgomery earlier in the day, others charges are pending from other police agencies.
The New York State Police also assisted with the investigation and arrest.