July 4, 2012

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Rape suspect arrested after chase


NEWBURGH - Police in Newburgh received a report of a sexual assault that had occurred shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday. A subsequent investigation conducted by city detectives and patrol officers developed a suspect description as well as a suspect vehicle description. The investigation revealed that the sexual assault occurred inside the vehicle. It was also learned that the suspect may be in possession of a handgun; however it was not used during the assault.

Later in the morning, a Newburgh police officer located the vehicle parked on Van Ness St. and observed a male subject entering the vehicle. The officer approached the driver and identified him by his driver’s license as Jermal Lincoln, 22, of the Bronx. Lincoln then fled in his vehicle at a high rate of speed as officer’s attempted to stop him.

Newburgh Police were assisted by various other law enforcement agencies including New Windsor Police, Cornwall Police, Highland Falls Police, New York State Police and South Nyack Grandview Police. A semi-automatic handgun was located in the roadway along the suspect’s route of travel in the Town of Cornwall. The investigation later determined that it was discarded out of the passenger window by the suspect while fleeing.

The suspect stopped when he encountered traffic at the Tappan Zee tolls. He was taken into custody by two South Nyack Grandview Police Officers. Shortly thereafter he was turned over to Newburgh Police.

Lincoln was charged with the felonies of rape, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and assorted misdemeanors and traffic infractions. He was held pending arraignment in Newburgh City Court.


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