Two city men face multiple arrest charges

City of Dunkirk Police concluded an intense investigation into a residential burglary in the city’s First Ward with the arrest of two local men.

The investigation by police, which began on June 30, led to the recovery of a large amount of stolen property, including cash and jewelry and the seizure of an illegal 9 mm handgun which had been defaced to prevent identification.

On July 2, Dunkirk Police patrol officers and detectives arrested Fred A. Santiago, 25, at his Lake Shore Drive West residence without incident on a Dunkirk City Court arrest warrant for second-degree menacing from a related incident. Subsequent to the arrest, police conducted searches of Santiago’s car and apartment.

During the search, police located and seized cash and jewelry from the June 30 burglary. Police also located and seized a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, which had been defaced for the purpose of preventing identification by filing off the serial number.

Santiago was taken to Dunkirk Police Headquarters, where he was booked on a total of eight charges, including 5 felonies and 3 misdemeanors, related to the burglary case and the illegal firearm. Follow-up investigation and search of a wooded area with assistance from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit also led to the recovery of a safe that had been taken in the burglary.

On Monday, Dunkirk Police arrested Cristian Maestre, 23, of Ruggles Street, who was charged with 3 felonies and 1 misdemeanor for his participation in the June 30 burglary. Maestre and Santiago reportedly acted together in committing the burglary, which resulted in the conspiracy charge against each.

Maestre was additionally charged with resisting arrest from an incident while the warrant was attempting to be executed. Additional arrests and charges may be forthcoming, pending additional follow-up investigation by police.

Maestre is being held without bail, pending arraignment.