Five charged during second sweep in City of Dunkirk

DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WIVB) – During a second sweep in the City of Dunkirk by a collaboration of law enforcement agencies, four individuals and a juvenile were taken into custody.

The sweep began around 7 p.m. on Wednesday when agents with New York State Parole, Chautauqua County Probation and City of Dunkirk Police hit the streets looking for suspects wanted on outstanding warrants or who are on parole/probation and are suspected of taking part in criminal activity.

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The first arrests came just before 8 p.m. on Franklin Avenue. Neighbors had reported several young men entering a vacant home. Juan Bautista and Alfren Sanchez, both 18, as well as a 15-year-old boy were found inside.

Officers say there was a strong odor of marijuana and a search found two small bags of the drug and a pipe containing marijuana residue.

Bautista and Sanchez were released on appearance tickets for unlawful possession of marijuana while the younger teen was petitioned to Chautauqua County Family Court on the same charge.

Twenty minutes later, officers went to the home of Orlando “Toby” Vasquez, Jr. on North Ermine Street. The 38-year-old was already on parole and a check of his home found more than $600 worth of cocaine powder and packaging materials.

Vasquez is charged with third degree and fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance as well as violation of parole. He was being held without bail pending arraignment.

Officers next made an arrest around 9:45 p.m. at a home on South Zebra Street. After a brief standoff, 34-year-old Steven Raynor was found hiding in an upstairs bedroom and was taken into custody for violation of probation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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