PORT JERVIS – A 21-year-old Middletown man has been arrested and charged with shooting the two 16-year-old Port Jervis boys on Monday night.
Mario Mateos of 201 Wickham Avenue was charged with two counts of armed assault and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies.
Mateos was located in a residence on Barcelow Street in Port Jervis where a firearm was recovered.
He was arraigned and remanded to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $300,000 cash bail, $600,000 bond, or $1 million unsecured bond.
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said the case will be presented to a grand jury, which could consider additional charges.
The maximum sentence for first-degree assault is 25 years in state prison.
Later that evening someone fired six shots through a living room window at a nearby home and Chief William Worden said the investigation into that is ongoing.
“We are looking at all avenues, whether it is retaliation or completely unrelated. That aspect of the investigation is still open because we are still actively following leads to determine whether it was coincidental or whether it was directly related to this first incident,” he said.
“Violence on our streets cannot be tolerated and the prompt apprehension of this defendant is a credit to the professionalism of the City of Port Jervis Police Department and the agencies that assisted them,” said Hoovler.
Port Jervis City Police are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the New York State Police, Town of Deerpark Police, and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Persons with information pertaining to this incident are encouraged to contact Port Jervis Police at 845-856-5101 or the Department’s Confidential Tip Line at 845-858-4003.