Accused of attacking neighbor in her apartment
A Cold Spring resident faces assault charges after he allegedly attacked an elderly neighbor in the early morning hours of June 30, about six weeks after being released from prison.
Tyrell P. Jones, 42, whose address is given in court documents as 7 Rock St., was arrested Nov. 9 and arraigned in the Town of Kent because a judge was not immediately available in Cold Spring.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department did not report the arrest at the time but said in a statement on Wednesday (Dec. 2) that it “was the culmination of a months-long investigation by members of the Criminal Investigations Division.” The Putnam district attorney, Robert Tendy, and Jones’ attorney, Stephen McCarthy, declined to comment.
Jones was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation, all felonies, as well as second-degree unlawful imprisonment, a misdemeanor, according to court documents. He was released after posting a $100,000 bail bond and is scheduled to appear in Cold Spring Justice Court on Dec. 9. He was prohibited from having contact with the alleged victim, who is 82 and now living elsewhere.
Prosecutors allege that Jones entered the woman’s apartment at about 1:30 a.m. and sat on her back “while forcibly covering her mouth with his hands, preventing her from being able to breath and causing abrasions to her mouth and facial area.”
Jones was sentenced to four years in prison for an assault similar to the current allegations. According to a 2012 news account, he was arrested in August of that year and charged with breaking into a Pleasantville home around midnight and attacking a female resident.
Jones was convicted of strangulation and assault and sentenced to four years in state prison and five years of supervised release. He has been returned to prison twice on parole violations, according to state records. Jones was released in May from the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Oneida County.
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