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Man With Fence Post Tasered After Damaging Cruiser In Westchester

Steven J. Cilento
Steven J. Cilento Photo Credit: New York State Police

A 32-year-old Northern Westchester man is behind bars after state police say he first damaged a patrol car, then used a fence post to damage other vehicles and menace a neighbor

Troopers were dispatched to Broadway and 14th Street in Verplanck on Thursday, Jan. 11 at approximately 9:10 p.m., for a report of a male screaming. Once on scene, troopers confronted Steven J. Cilento who they say approached and damaged the window of a patrol vehicle.

Cilento then fled on foot and later used a fence post to damage nearby vehicles, according to police. Cilento also menaced a neighbor who exited their residence to see what the disturbance was.

After ignoring several commands to drop the fence post, troopers utilized a taser in order to take Cilento into custody without further incident.

Cilento, a Cortlandt resident, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree (a Class D felony), criminal mischief in the third degree (a Class E felony), menacing in the second degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree and resisting arrest, all Class A misdemeanors.

Cilento was arraigned before the Town of Cortlandt Court and remanded to the Westchester County Jail without bail. Cilento is next scheduled to appear before the court on Thursday, Jan. 18.

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