Wappinger teen held in Poughkeepsie robbery

A Wappinger teen has been arrested for participating in an armed home-invasion robbery in the City of Poughkeepsie, police said.

Felix J. Ayende, 18, was charged Wednesday with felony first-degree burglary, Poughkeepsie city police Det. Lt. Ed Freer said in a statement.

About 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, police got a 911 call from a Carroll Street woman who said she had been robbed at gunpoint inside her home. She said three men entered her residence, found her on the second floor and ordered her to lie on the floor, police said. One intruder pointed a gun at her while the other two men ransacked her house, police said.


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The men took an undisclosed amount of jewelry and cash and a gun before fleeing on foot, police said. The victim was not injured.

Detectives identified a possible suspect and alerted other local authorities about a car he was believed to be driving later Tuesday, police said. About 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dutchess County sheriff's deputies spotted the vehicle on Old Hopewell Road in Wappinger and stopped it. City detectives arrived and arrested Ayende, police said.

Ayende is being held pending arraignment in Poughkeepsie City Court. The investigation is ongoing to determine the identity of the other robbers, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call the city police confidential tip line at 845-451-7577.

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