RAMAPO – Ramapo police said Monday they have arrested a 28-year-old Garnerville man for allegedly assaulting two women in their driveways last week.
Adrian Valentin-Polanco faces charges of second and third degree assault and first and second degree unlawful imprisonment in the incidents, which allegedly occurred in Chestnut Ridge and Monsey.
He is being held in Ramapo police lockup pending an expected arraignment this evening in town court.
Police Chief Brad Weidel said a “substance” was used on one of the women in the attacks.
He said police believed it was ammonia but were waiting for confirmation from laboratory testing.
Police had said earlier that the first incident occurred last Tuesday on Carmen Court in Chestnut Ridge.
The second incident happened on Thursday about three miles away on Olympia Lane in Monsey.
Both incidents, police say, happened between 8:30 and 10 p.m. and unfolded in similar ways.
Police say both women were possibly followed home from different locations and approached from behind in their driveways after getting out of their cars.
Weidel said Valentin-Polanco surrendered to police on Monday. He said the investigation is continuing.
“Fortunately there was no serious injuries,” he said.
Deborah Wolikow Loewenberg, one of Valentin-Polanco’s defense lawyers, said two ministers would speak on his behalf in favor of bail. She called him a longtime church-goer, and said he had no prior arrest record.