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Police Subdue Suspect In Home Invasion, Attack On Nyack Woman

Joseph Bell.
Joseph Bell. Photo Credit: Orangetown Police Department

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. - A 40-year-old Rockland County man had to be subdued by police after allegedly breaking into a woman’s home and becoming physically violent with her, Orangetown Police said.

Officers arrested Nyack resident Joseph Bell shortly before 8 a.m. on Monday, July 24, after he allegedly pushed in an air conditioning unit through a window and illegally entered the home, when he came into contact with the homeowner.

According to police, after coming into contact with the woman, Bell allegedly became physically violent with her, and when she attempted to call 911, he took the phone from her so she could not call for help - though the line stayed open and allowed Orangetown police dispatchers to locate the victim.

Upon arrival at the residence, police said that Bell became combative with officers and had to be subdued. Bell was arrested and charged with felony counts of second-degree burglary and third-degree robbery. He was also charged with unlawful imprisonment, resisting arrest, two counts of criminal mischief and harassment, all misdemeanors.

Bell was arraigned and remanded to the Rockland County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail. He is due back in court later this year.

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