Ishmail Mcgougain—one of the defendants released on his own recognizance after being charged with felony robbery and felony assault stemming from a Sunday robbery on South Street—was positively identified by the victim of Friday night’s violent assault on Orchard Street and has been arrested by Peekskill police, according to Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina.
In addition, Catalina says that during the search for Ishmail Mcgougain, 21, his twin brother, Essa Mcgougain, hindered the investigation and search for his brother and was separately charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. He was arrested and bail on those unrelated charges was set at $500.
Like Ishmail, Essa was released on his own recognizance after being charged with felony robbery and felony assault due to his alleged involvement in Sunday’s robbery. The district attorney had requested that Peekskill City Judge Melissa Loehr set bail at $25,000 for the pair. The DA also asked that bail for the third suspect, 20-year-old Akeem Joseph, be set at $30,000 due to an unrelated domestic violence charge. Loehr set Joseph’s bail at $2,000.
According to police, the defendants are also being treated as suspects in at least one other crime. In each case, it is believed that all of the victims have been Hispanic males.
“At this point, only Ishmail is charged with the Friday crimes,” Catalina said during a noon press conference outside of the city court building Thursday. “He was brought before the the Peekskill City Court where bail was set in the amount of $10,000 by Judge Loehr. The crimes of last weekend are still under investigation and further arrests are expected, including designating these crimes as ‘hate’ crimes. We have the fullest confidence in our police department under the direction of Chief Johansen, and our excellent Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino who is well experienced, as is his department, in these matters.”
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