A 29 year-old man, wanted on a parole violation warrant from North Carolina, who is suspected of being responsible for committing several violent felony crimes throughout the county over the past two months has been arrested.
Kenneth DeFreitas of North Carolina previously lived in Putnam Lake. Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith says DeFreitas was arrested for two residential burglaries in Putnam Lake, an attempted armed robbery of the A&P in Southeast and an armed robbery of the Putnam County National Bank in Carmel.
DeFreitas was charged with felony robbery for the bank robbery. A nationwide bulletin was then issued for his arrest to police agencies and checked several areas in Putnam and Dutchess counties as well as nearby Connecticut and the Bronx.
On July 3rd, the NYPD located DeFreitas in the Bronx and he was returned to Putnam County.
He was also charged with two counts of burglary and one count of attempted robbery. He was arraigned and is being held the Putnam County Correctional Facility without bail for a future court appearance.
After the arraignment hearing, investigators were escorting DeFreitas back to the police car and he grabbed the gun of one of the investigators attempting to remove it from the officer’s holster. DeFreitas was subdued after a brief struggle. No one was injured. Additional charges of attempted escape and attempted criminal possession of a weapon were lodged.
Law enforcement authorities from Connecticut and Westchester County also suspect DeFreitas of committing residential burglaries in their jurisdictions.