Domestic Violence Allegation Results in Burglary Charge

George Bushell, of Cortlandt Manor, arrested on criminal charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of 42-year-old George Bushell, of Cortlandt Manor, on criminal charges stemming from his alleged involvement in a domestic dispute at a Garrison  residence. At about 3 a.m. on July 26,  sheriff’s deputies responded to a report that a woman was being assaulted by her estranged husband. The woman told deputies that her husband had appeared at her home demanding money, which she gave. The sheriff’s department also reported that the man then demanded more money, entered the home and allegedly assaulted her in front of her children. Deputies confirmed that the woman had a valid Order of Protection prohibiting Bushell from having any contact with her.

Bushell reportedly had left the residence, prior to the deputies’ arrival, but was located shortly thereafter at his home by sheriff’s deputies and members of the New York State Police.  He was taken to the sheriff’s office in Carmel and charged with burglary in the first degree, a class B felony; criminal contempt in the first degree, a class E felony; and assault in the third degree and endangering the welfare of a minor, both class A felonies.

Bushell was arraigned before Philipstown Town Justice Alan Steiner, who ordered him held at the Putnam County Correctional Facility without bail.  He is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 10. If convicted of the most serious charge, Bushell may be jailed for up to 25 years.


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