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A man who shot at cops in Queens as they responded to a domestic assault call over the weekend was locked up without bail and faces life in prison, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said Tuesday.

Rodolfo Montero, 25, was charged with attempted murder in the first degree and other crimes for allegedly attacking the mother of his child Sunday and then shooting at officers when they arrived at the College Point home, authorities said.

“Police officers responded to a 911 call of a family dispute involving a firearm,” Katz said. “When they arrived on the scene, they had to take cover after being met by gunfire. Thankfully, the officers were not injured during this dangerous situation.”

Montero was hit with a laundry list of charges, including attempted murder in the first degree, attempted assault in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the second and third degree, aggravated criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment in the first degree, assault in the third degree, menacing in the second degree and others.

Montero allegedly choked the 20-year-old mother of his child during an argument at her 125th Street home. Montero’s mother tried to stop him from hurting the woman, but he slapped his mom in the face, authorities said.

Later that day, Montero and the younger woman argued again and this time Montero allegedly punched her in the face with his fist in front of their 1-year-old, officials said.

Next, Montero allegedly unwrapped a black firearm from a sock-like covering and said “I am going to kill you,” according to authorities.

The victim took her daughter and ran from the apartment along with Montero’s mother.

When police arrived at about 4:30 p.m., they heard gunfire and saw flashes coming from a window in the home. They took cover and saw bullets striking another vehicle. A brief standoff ensued before the defendant was taken into custody.

A loaded AK 47 assault rifle was recovered from the residence.

Queens Criminal Court Judge Eugene Guarino ordered Montero locked up without bail. He has a court date set for Sept. 18. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison, Katz said.

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21-Year-Old Charged With Shooting Two Teens In Area

Police have arrested a suspect after a shooting that left two 16-year-olds with gunshot wounds to the arm and lower back respectively in the area.

When police in Orange County responded on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at approximately 8:45 p.m. to a report of shots fired at the intersection of Barcelow Street and Seward Avenue in Port Jervis and happened upon the two wounded teens, there was no suspect to be found. 

One of the pair is still hospitalized, but in stable condition, while the other was discharged after the wound to his arm was treated.

The next day, after an investigation into the incident was conducted with the help of the New York State Police, the Town of Deerpark Police, the Orange County Disrict Attorney's Office and the Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center, a warrant was issued for the arrest of 21-year-old Mario Mateos of Middletown.

Mateos was charged with the felonies of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. He was located close by to the scene of the crime at a residence on Barcelow Street, where police recovered an illegal firearm.

Currently, Mateos is locked up and awaiting trial at Orange County Jail in lieu of $300,000 bail, a $600,000 bail bond or one million unsecured bond. According to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, a grand jury may consider adding additional charges.

The maximum sentence for first-degree assault is 25 years in prison.

"We pray for the speedy recovery of the two young men who were injured during this incident," said Port Jervis Police Chief William Worden, "and are committed to working together with our partners in the community and law enforcement to diligently prevent this type of violence on our city’s streets and vigorously hold those who perpetrate these violent acts in our community legally accountable for their actions."

An investigation into the incident is still ongoing, and those with information pertaining to this incident are encouraged to contact the Port Jervis City Police Department at 845-856-5101 or the Department’s Confidential Tips Line at 845-858-4003.

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