17 December 2019
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Richard L. Mazzone
Troop K Commander
Kent, New York – On December 5, 2019, the New York State Police arrested Orlando Martinez Morales, age 34, of Jacksonville, FL, for Rape in the 1st degree, Criminal Sexual Act in the 1st degree, both class B felonies, and Forcible Touching, a class A misdemeanor.
On September 2, 2017, the New York State Police from the Cortlandt barracks responded to a sexual assault on the Taconic State Parkway in the town of Kent. Investigation found Martinez Morales, operating as a taxi driver, agreed to drive the victim from New York City to a location north of Albany. While en route Martinez Morales stopped the vehicle on the shoulder of the Taconic State Parkway, entered the back seat of the vehicle and began sexually assaulting the victim. Martinez Morales then removed the victim from the vehicle, entered the nearby woods, and raped the victim.
On December 5, 2019, with the help of Jacksonville Sheriff’s Deputies and New York State Police Investigators assigned to the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, Martinez Morales was located and taken into custody in Jacksonville, FL, for extradition to New York.
Martinez Morales was arraigned before the Putnam County Supreme Court, and remanded by the Honorable Judge Rooney to the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $250,000 cash bail or $500,000 secure bond.