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U.S. Attorney For The Southern District Of New York Announces Charges In Connection With A Drug-Related Robbery And Murder In Newburgh, New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mary Galligan, the Acting Assistant Director-In-Charge of the New York  Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), Maj. Edward Raso, Troop “F” Commander for the New York State Police (“NYSP”), Michael Ferrara, the Chief of Police for the City of Newburgh Police Department, and Carl E. DuBois, the Sheriff for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, announced today the unsealing of a two-count Criminal Complaint charging GEORGE SQUIRE with the drug-related robbery and murder of Tomas Almodovar on March 24, 2012. In a separate Criminal Complaint unsealed today, QURAN NICHOLS was charged with drug-trafficking and with transferring the firearm to SQUIRE that he used to kill Almodovar.  In a coordinated strike earlier today, officers and agents from the Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force arrested NICHOLS and took SQUIRE into federal custody.  Also today, Indictments were returned by a Grand Jury sitting in White Plains, New York, charging both defendants with the same crimes alleged in the Complaints.  The defendants appeared in White Plains federal court before Magistrate Judge Paul E. Davison earlier today.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “Drugs and guns continue to plague the residents of Newburgh with violence that is all too often fatal.  Today’s arrests are the most recent, but far from the last, continuation of our pledge to work with our law enforcement partners to pursue, prosecute, and punish those responsible, and to make the city a safer place for all.”

FBI Acting Assistant Director-in-Charge Mary Galligan stated: “These charges are further evidence of the importance of the Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force. The goal is to restore safety and security to all of our neighborhoods by ridding them of the twin plagues of guns and drugs.”  

New York State Police Troop “F” Commander Maj. Edward Raso stated: “These arrests are just the latest in a series that are the result of outstanding cooperation between all of the law enforcement agencies in the Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force.  They are another example of Federal, State and Local law enforcement working together to stem gang violence in our communities.”

City of Newburgh Police Chief Michael Ferrara stated:  “The violence that plagues the City of Newburgh is caused by multiple factors and as such, must be combated by multiple levels of law enforcement. The diligent work of my officers and detectives, combined with the assistance of county, state and federal officials is critical to our continued crime reduction strategies. By all of us working together, we will continue to get violent individuals off the streets of Newburgh.”

Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois stated:  “Today’s successful operation is another example of the effectiveness of combining resources to combat drug-related and violent crime in our area. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to providing all available resources to Federal, State and Local agencies to maintain the highest level of safety for the citizens of Orange County.”

The following allegations are based on the Complaints unsealed and the Indictments returned today in White Plains federal court:

On March 24, 2012, GEORGE SQUIRE shot and killed Tomas Almodovar after robbing him at gunpoint to obtain high-grade marijuana and money.  Following the murder, SQUIRE told a friend that he had been waiting inside 5 City Terrace in Newburgh to rob customers of a marijuana business operating on the second floor of the building, and that he had approached Almodovar with a .25 caliber firearm as Almodovar was leaving the building after having been in the apartment on the second floor.  SQUIRE told the friend that he shot Almodovar because Almodovar “brushed away” his gun, and described watching him stumble out of the building onto Broadway before falling down from the gunshot wound. 

On April 11, 2012, QURAN NICHOLS sold the .25 caliber firearm used by SQUIRE to kill Almodovar to another individual, believing that this other individual would use the firearm to commit a robbery.  NICHOLS told the buyer not to lose the firearm because “Geo” (SQUIRE’s nickname) had used it in a murder.  NICHOLS is also charged with conspiring to distribute crack cocaine from 2010 to the present.

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A chart containing the defendants’ ages, residences, and the maximum penalties they face upon conviction is attached.

Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI, the New York State Police, Newburgh Police Department, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.  Mr. Bharara added that the investigation is continuing.

The case is being handled by the Office’s Violent Crimes Unit and the White Plains Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorneys Parvin Moyne and Andrew Bauer are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Complaints and Indictments are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

                                                                             

Name

Age

Residence

Maximum Penalty

GEORGE SQUIRE

19

Newburgh, NY

Life in prison or death

QURAN NICHOLS

19

Newburgh, NY

40 years in prison

 

12-271

 

 

 

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