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Two Arrested after Traffic Stop in Wappingers

Published: 7/8/2015

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Captain John Watterson,  845-486-3860

Poughkeepsie…The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two (2) subjects stemming from a traffic stop in the Town of Wappinger at approximately 7:30 pm on 7/7/15. The two subjects are identified as Arnold Falgiano Jr (age 29 of Hopewell Junction) and Sophia Suriano-Schara (age 30 of Wappinger).

On the above date and time Sheriff’s Deputies stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Route 376 near Myers Corners Rd, at which time the driver got out and fled on foot and the passenger continued to flee in the vehicle. The driver was taken into custody during the foot pursuit, and the passenger was located a short time later in the City of Poughkeepsie and taken into custody. The driver was identified as Falgiano, and the passenger as Suriano-Schara. Both have been charged as follows (all are misdemeanors except the traffic infractions):


- Resisting arrest
- Operating without an interlock device
- Operating with a suspended registration
- Aggravated unlicensed operation
- Various traffic infractions


- Obstructing governmental administration
- Aggravated unlicensed operation
- Operating with a suspended registration

Above charges are brought for the Town of Wappinger and the City of Poughkeepsie.

During processing it was discovered that Falgiano was also wanted on a Dutchess County Probation warrant, and he was turned over to Probation after being processed. Suriano-Schara was released after posting $300 desk bail.

As with any criminal case, the charges described above are merely accusations and both Mr. Falgiano and Ms. Suriano-Schara are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.