Man Charged With Confronting Estranged Wife Outside Westchester Courthouse

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Gerald Martin of Greenburgh was taken into custody Tuesday, May 6, and charged with violation of a court order of protection.
Gerald Martin of Greenburgh was taken into custody Tuesday, May 6, and charged with violation of a court order of protection. Photo Credit: Westchester County Police

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. --  Westchester County Police arrested a Greenburgh man on a felony charge Tuesday, May 6, after he was accused of violating a court order of protection by confronting his estranged wife earlier in the day outside the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains.

Gerald Martin, 46, was charged with first-degree criminal contempt at 8:30 p.m. following his arrest by members of the county police Patrol Task Force, county police reported Wednesday, May 7.

Martin was located by officers in the parking lot of an apartment building on Central Avenue in Greenburgh, the report said.

Sgt. Brian Hess and Police Officer Christopher Perricone went to the building after developing information that Martin had an acquaintance who lived there. When officers arrived, they observed Martin speaking with the acquaintance in a back parking lot and took him into custody.

According to county police public information officer Kieran O'Keary, Martin has been charged on two previous occasions in recent weeks by New York State Police with violating a court-issued order of protection that bars him from contacting his estranged wife. He was sought again on Tuesday after his estranged wife reported that Martin had left a letter at her home in Cortlandt and then was waiting outside the courthouse for her.

Martin was booked at county police headquarters in Hawthorne and was held overnight. He was to be arraigned Wednesday, May 7, in White Plains City Court.

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Well, I know the story all to well, she needs more than a few pieces of paper for her, her 8yo & 13yo. He already has a criminal background from several years ago. He continues to threaten the family almost on a daily bases.

Right, just because this guy held his ex-wife at gun point in her home a few week ago, and the police were called (which is why she has the order of protection) doesn't make him a bad guy.

Really??? Enough already!

Let's stop attacking the victim!

Right, just because this guy held his ex-wife at gun point in her home a few week ago, and the police were called (which is why she has the order of protection) doesn't make him a bad guy.

Really??? Enough already!

It's not that simple to get a Order of protection and there has to be evidence of a violation for you to be charged with violating that order. There needs to be evidence that there is a reason for an Order of Protection and if there is the police will take that to the DA and then to a judge. The judge has the authority to grant an order of protection, no one else. Obviously this guy violated this order several times to be charged with a 1st degree criminal contempt charge. Get your facts right, it's not as simple as you are stating it is! In addition, there has to be a judge to sign said order and it has to be served by police officers for it to be valid and enforceable. He clearly violated the order! He's not to bright especially to confront the protected party right in front of the court house!

Get your facts right Walter! Just because you have an order of protection against you does not make you a criminal. There are also multiple kinds of orders of protection. There are ones that are full stay away and others that have other conditions that people living in the same domicile have against one another!

Sad that all a woman has to do is go the the basement of any courthouse, sign a piece of paper stating simply that she is in fear, and a man is deemed an instant criminal with no judges intervention necessary, nor anyone to validate her "fear".