Angel Lahoz, a 35-year-old local of Newburgh, was recently convicted of second-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief by an Orange County Court jury. This followed an episode where Lahoz was discovered by a resident, rummaging through her possessions and threatening her physical safety, according to Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler.
The prosecution revealed the victim had found Lahoz, a relative, in her living room, going through her purse. He had threatened her with a machete, as per the District Attorney's office.
The victim called the police, and her husband and brother were able to detain Lahoz until they arrived to take him into custody. It was determined that Lahoz gained entry into the residence by breaking a bedroom window, hence committing an act of criminal mischief while conducting the burglary.
Throughout the case, District Attorney Hoovler emphasized the significance of safety within one's own home and it being even more critical when violated by a family member. Upon Lahoz's conviction, the District Attorney stated, "This defendant's terrifying proven conduct shattered the sanctity of the victim's home." Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident. The successful conviction is due to the diligence of the police and prosecutors who focused on holding the recidivist accountable, according to Hoovler.
Lahoz's sentencing has been scheduled for February 5, 2024, and he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Until then, he will be held at the Orange County Jail without bail.