New York State Crime Stoppers in cooperation with the New York State Police, Cortlandt Barracks is announcing the arrest of Brendon Berndt, a 24-year-old Peekskill resident, who was arrested by New York State Police Investigators from the Cortlandt Barracks based on tips provided to them by the public through the cooperation of New York State Crime Stoppers.
Flyers offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the sexual assault and attempted rape of a 23 year old woman were generated by New York State Crime Stoppers and circulated by the New York State Police, BCI Cortlandt barracks beginning on Monday, November 2, 2009. The MTA police also circulated the flyers at the Peekskill and Cortlandt train stations.
A press release announcing the reward and seeking information about this case was also generated by New York State Crime Stoppers and provided to the media along with a photo of the alleged perpetrator. In a joint effort that included, New York State Crime Stoppers, the New York State Police BCI Cortlandt, the MTA Police, the media and the public this case quickly progressed to the point of an arrest.
New York State Crime Stoppers Director, Robert Keller, would like to thank the MTA Police, the Journal News, News 12 Westchester, and the public for their cooperation in helping us in our endeavor to assist the New York State Police to solve this case and make our community a safer place. Cooperation of law enforcement agencies, NYS Crime Stoppers, the media and the public has proven once again to be a powerful crime fighting method. The suspect arrested in this case is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
New York State Crime Stoppers is a not-for-profit organization formed to assist law enforcement throughout the state by offering rewards for information about specific crimes that will result in tips from the public that lead to arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.
New York State Crime Stoppers’ goal is to help keep the communities throughout the state safer as we work with law enforcement, the media, the business community and the public.
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