Update: Individual Arrested and Charged with Shooting Two Port Jervis Teenagers with Handgun

On September 21st at approximately 2042 hrs, Port Jervis City Police Officers responded to the intersection of Barcelow Street and Seward Avenue in the City’s 4th Ward for a report of shots fired and victims suffering from gunshot wounds.

Officers arrived at the scene and learned that two 16-year-old males were shot and wounded during a disturbance located at the intersection of Barcelow Street and Seward Avenue. The first victim suffered a serious gunshot wound to the lower back and the second male suffering a gunshot wound to the arm. Both teens were transported to Bon Secours Community Hospital for emergency treatment. The teen suffering from a gunshot wound to his back required emergency surgery and is in stable condition. The second teen suffering from a gunshot wound to his arm required emergency medical treatment and has subsequently been discharged from Bon Secours Community Hospital.

A subsequent investigation conducted by members of the Port Jervis Police Department, with the assistance of the New York State Police, Town of Deerpark Police, Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center resulted in the September 22, 2020 arrest of the following individual in connection with this incident.

Mario Mateos, age 21, of 201 Wickham Avenue, Middletown, New York, was charged with Assault in the First Degree, a Class B Felony, Assault in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Class C Felonies. After locating the defendant at a residence on Barcelow Street, police executed a Port Jervis City Court Ordered Search Warrant and recovered a firearm from inside the residence. Mateos was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony, for possession of the weapon recovered within the residence.

Mateos was held overnight in the Port Jervis City Lock-up and arraigned in Port Jervis City Court on September 23, 2020. He was subsequently remanded to Orange County Jail in lieu of $300,000 cash bail, $600,000.00 bond or one million unsecure bond. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office stated that the matter will be presented to an Orange County Grand Jury which could consider additional charges. The maximum sentence for Assault in the First Degree is twenty-five years in state prison.

District Attorney David Hoovler stated, “I thank the City of Port Jervis Police Department, the New York State, the Town of Deerpark Police Department, staff members from my office and the Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center for their tireless actions in this investigation. Violence on our streets cannot be tolerated and the prompt apprehension of this defendant is a credit to the professionalism of the City of Port Jervis Police Department and the agencies that assisted them.”

Port Jervis City Police Chief William Worden stated, “We pray for the speedy recovery of the two young men who were injured during this incident and are committed to working together with our partners in the community and law enforcement to diligently prevent this type of violence on our city’s streets and vigorously hold those who perpetrate these violent acts in our community legally accountable for their actions.”

The Port Jervis City Police Department are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the New York State Police, Town of Deerpark Police and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Persons with information pertaining to this incident are encouraged to contact the Port Jervis City Police Department at 845-856-5101 or the Department’s Confidential Tips Line at 845-858-4003.

Notice: A criminal charge is merely an allegation by the police that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.