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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  •  Suspects arrested in 2-year old robbery

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    MATAMORAS - After nearly a two year investigation, the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department in
    conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pennsylvania State Police, and the
    Port Jervis Police Department have made two arrests in the Turkey Hill Armed Robbery
    occurring on May 5, 2011.
    In the early morning hours of May 5th officers from EPRPD responded to the Matamoras
    Turkey Hill for an armed robbery that had occurred. The store clerk reported that a black
    male and a Hispanic male had displayed hand guns and demanded money. The males
    both fled on foot towards Port Jervis with $80.00 in stolen money.
    An investigation ensued and charges were filed through a Criminal Complaint with the
    Pike County District Attorney’s office for Simon Shomo, 25 from Middletown New
    York, and Daniel Ortiz, 26 from Port Jervis. Further investigation revealed other
    robberies committed by the pair in the tri-state area, which led to the case being turned
    over to the FBI for prosecution. A Federal Arrest Warrant was issued by the US District
    Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania for both Shomo and Ortiz for Robbery.
    On April 11, 2013 the EPRPD assisted the Port Jervis Police department in executing a
    search warrant on 114 Ball Street for a drug investigation, where Shomo was served a
    federal arrest warrant. Ortiz was later arrested on April 17, 2013 in Watertown New
    York.
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