October 31, 2017




Off-duty corrections officer helps capture Beacon suspect


BEACON – A man, who tried to hold up a barbershop in the City of Beacon, was arrested with the assistance of an off-duty Green Haven prison corrections officer.

On Friday, October 27, at around 12:47 a.m., Beacon Police received a call of several people fighting in the roadway on Main Street.

Investigation determined a man had entered a Main Street barbershop while brandishing a gun and threatened to shoot the employees and customers inside.

Kyle-Ray Stuyvesant, 28, who is homeless, fled from the business. That’s when Corrections Officer Jason Grasso saw the disturbance and a chase after the suspect by employees shouting that he had a gun and had just tried to rob the shop.

Grasso stepped into the road as the group was approaching and engaged the suspect, telling him he was an off-duty peace officer and to show him his hands. Stuyvesant refused and Grasso drew his personal firearm. He again ordered Stuyvesant to show his hands at which time he complied.  Grasso ordered the suspect to the ground and held him until police arrived and took him into custody.      

Stuyvesant was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm, both as felonies, and a misdemeanor of menacing.  He was sent to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

Police said additional charges are pending.


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