20 March 2020

Major Michael J. Drake
Troop K Commander

Union Vale, New York – On March 19, 2020, the New York State Police arrested Leandro Castro, age 50, of Union Vale, for Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th degree, four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Aggravated Harassment in the 2nd degree, all class A misdemeanors.

At approximately 6:35 p.m. Troopers responded to North Clove Road for a report of a domestic dispute. Investigation determined prior to law enforcement being contacted, Leandro Castro engaged in a physical domestic with a victim outside of the residence in and around a vehicle.  There were four children in the vehicle during this physical altercation.

The victim fled the scene with the children and contacted 911.  Upon arrival of law enforcement officials, Leandro Castro barricaded himself in the residence.  After a short period of negotiations, State Police Crisis Negotiators were able to convince Castro to surrender.  He was arrested, and taken into custody without further incident.

Castro was arraigned before the town of Union Vale Court, and released on his own recognizance by the Honorable Judge Pancio.  Castro is next scheduled to appear before the court on May 6, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

The New York State Police Special Operations Response Team, and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office were also on scene assisting.