Clarkstown Police report they charged Joseph Ciraldo of Congers with criminal contempt, aggravated harassment and possession of a hypodermic needle following an incident Friday night at the Nyack Motor Lodge.
Police said Ciraldo, 51, was arrested at about 11:45 p.m. after calling a family member several hours earlier and making threats to harm himself. Sgt. Jo Anne Fratianni said, “Ciraldo made statements that he had been drinking, swallowed pills and was armed with a gun.”
The crisis negotiation team was called to communicate with Ciraldo who had been located by tracking his cell phone. Ciraldo left the motel voluntarily and without incident. He was taken into custody and brought to Nyack Hospital for medical treatment.
Fratianni said Ciraldo was charged with two counts of criminal contempt 2nd degree, a misdemeanor, aggravated harassment 2nd degree, a misdemeanor, and possession of hypodermic instrument, a misdemeanor. The criminal contempt charges stemmed from violation of an active order of protection in connection with a previous domestic incident. Ciraldo was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court with bail at $1,000 and a court date of April 24 was set.