Thursday, January 17, 2019




Man arrested for sending threatening letters to Putnam sheriff, Cold Spring judge, cop


CARMEL – A Bronx man was arrested by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on several counts of aggravated harassment and stalking.

During November 2018, Sheriff Robert Langley Jr. received a letter in the mail in which the writer threatened to harm him and commit criminal offenses against his family members. This is the second letter of this nature in which Langley and his family received in the past year.

A few weeks after the sheriff received the second letter, the sheriff’s office was contacted by Cold Spring Police regarding a similar type of incident.

Several letters had been received by Cold Spring Court, which contained concerning and threatening language, including death threats to Village Judge Thomas Costello and Cold Spring Police Officer Edward Boulanger.

A joint investigation determined Eugene Vitello, 46, of the Bronx was a suspect in all the cases.

It was discovered that Vitello had been arrested by Boulanger in 2013 for stalking and harassing a Cold Spring business owner and that Sheriff Langley, who was a retired police officer at the time, had been a witness in that matter, which had been adjudicated before Judge Costello.

Officers interviewed Vitello in the Bronx on January 10, took him into custody and returned him to Putnam County. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance bending a future court appearance and orders of protection were issued for all the affected persons and their family members.


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