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Police: Man accused of vandalizing NY FD’s 9/11 memorial apprehended in Calif.

Police said the suspect had failed to make court appearances after allegedly cutting down the flagpole at the Washingtonville memorial last year

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Mike Randall
The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y.

WASHINGTONVILLE, N.Y. — A man who failed to make court appearances after being accused of cutting down flagpoles in Washingtonville and New Windsor last year was apprehended in California and has been brought back to New York.

A news release issued by Washingtonville police Thursday said their officers and New Windsor police collaborated with the Orange County District Attorney’s office to extradite Andre Narbonne, 40, of New Windsor to New York.

Narbonne was accused of cutting down a flagpole at the 9/11 memorial in Washingtonville and severing two flagpoles in New Windsor, one at a strip mall and one at a cemetery, during a three-day spree in July last year.

Narbonne then failed to make scheduled court appearances in New Windsor in August and Washingtonville in September.

Narbonne is charged with both felony and misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief. He had been released without bail after being charged last year. The release did not include any bail or other court information.

The 9/11 memorial in Washingtonville honors five New York City firefighters from the village who died in the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.


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