Three Arrested for Pellet Gun Shootings in Kiryas Joel

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Three suspects who were arrested in connection with two pellet gun shooting incidents at Jewish men in Kiryas Joel, N.Y. (JPUpdates.com)
Three suspects who were arrested in connection with two pellet gun shooting incidents at Jewish men in Kiryas Joel, N.Y. (JPUpdates.com)

State police on Thursday night arrested three people suspected in two separate pellet gun shooting incidents at Orthodox Jews in the village of Kiryas Joel.

A police source told JPUpdates.com on Thursday that all three have confessed to the crimes, which both happened at around midnight in the Orange County village.

In one incident, a Jewish man walking on Getzil Berger Boulevard reported being shot at with a pellet gun from a black car on Tuesday night. The second occurrence happened the following night on Satmar Drive. The suspects got away in both occasions.

The arrests came after police in the nearby town of Chester on Thursday afternoon discovered three broken car windows — apparently having been shot at with a pellet gun. A black sedan, the same color and make of the vehicle used by the Kiryas Joel shooters, was observed driving nearby and was pulled over.

Police found pellet guns inside the car and arrested the three passengers. They were initially arraigned by Chester police, but were then released and turned over to State Police.

Patrick Boss, 21, Andrew Ippoliti, 19, and Myrslav Kobernyk, 18, were charged with menacing and reckless endangerment.