Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Port Chester Attack
White Plains, NY - The Westchester County District Attorney's office has announced that Andrew R. Belle, 32, of Harrison, New York was sentenced to 10 years in state prison after being convicted on charges related to an attack on a female.Belle was convicted during a bench trial of:
- one count of Sexual Abuse,
- two counts of Assault in the Second Degree,
- one count of Assault in the Third Degree,
- one count of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation.
On August 30, 2011, at approximately 6:00 am in Port Chester, the defendant suddenly grabbed the 36 year old victim from behind with both arms as she walked to the train station to go to work.
The defendant grabbed her breasts and the victim screamed.
The defendant then covered her mouth and pinched her nostrils closed so that she could not breathe.
The victim struggled with the defendant, trying to wrestle free of his grasp and the defendant struck the victim on the back of her head with a beer bottle causing excessive bleeding.
The defendant then repeatedly rubbed himself against the victim from behind and she continued to scream for help.
To prevent the victim from screaming, the defendant dragged the victim to a nearby alley way where he then slammed her head against a brick wall four times.
The victim’s cries for help were heard by nearby witnesses who then came to her aid.
The defendant ran away from the scene with eyewitnesses in pursuit, and was cornered in a rear patio of a restaurant on Grace Church Street.
Port Chester Police were contacted during the chase and responded to the scene and the defendant was subsequently arrested.
The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Upon his release from prison, the defendant must register as Sex Offender and will also be on post-release supervision for ten years.
Second Deputy District Attorney Patricia Murphy, Chief of the Superior Court Trial Division, and Assistant District Attorney Joyce Miller of the Sex Crimes Bureau prosecuted the case.