19 September 2022
 
  
 NEW YORK STATE POLICE
 Major Paul M. DeQuarto
 Troop F Commander
 

  
 
 
PRESS RELEASE
 

On September 16, 2022, at approximately 2:34 p.m., a state trooper observed a 2015 BMW-328i traveling on State Route 84 in the town of Newburgh in violation of numerous vehicle and traffic laws and with a fraudulent Georgia temporary license plate. The trooper initiated a traffic stop and observed five individuals in the vehicle. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Richie D. Guillaume, age 22 from Bloomfield, NY. The four passengers were identified as Rayon Thomas, age 25 from Paterson, NJ, Gerson A. Polanco, age 25 from Passaic, NJ, Francisco Tejada-Vargas, age 24 from Sleepy Hollow, NY, and Jaquil T. Tucker, age 22 from Warwick, NY.

A search of the vehicle yielded a loaded Glock 27 pistol, multiple forged checks, stolen debit cards, $10,000 cash, a stolen United State Postal Service key, and numerous bank receipts for cashing forged checks totaling over $50,000.

Richie D. Guillaume was processed for Criminal Possession of a Weapon second degree, 1 count of Possession of a Forged Instrument second degree, and 2 counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument first degree.  

Gerson A. Polanco was processed for Criminal Possession of a Weapon second degree, and 2 counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument first degree. 

Rayon Thomas was processed for Criminal Possession of a Weapon second degree, and 2 counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument in the first degree. 

Francisco Tejada-Vargas was processed for Criminal Possession of a Weapon second degree, and 2 counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument in the first degree. 

Jaquil Tucker was processed for Criminal Possession of a Weapon second degree, 2 counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument first degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property fourth degree, and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fifth degree.  

All five were arraigned in front of Judge Owen and remanded to Orange County Jail on $7,000 Cash Bond/ $20,000 Insurance Bond/ $40,000 Partially Secured Bond. 

State Police were assisted by United States Postal Service Investigators.

 

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