Hudson Valley Man Raped Girl, Kidnapped 67-Year-Old
A Hudson Valley man was sentenced for robbing a 67-year-old Port Jervis man, locking him in the trunk of his car and raping an underage girl.
On Thursday in Orange County Court, Justin White, 30, of Port Jervis was sentenced 16 years in prison for the gunpoint robbery of a 67-year-old Port Jervis man, who was then locked in the trunk of his car and for raping an underaged girl. White previously pleaded guilty to robbery and rape.
On August 3, 2018, in the vicinity of Jersey Avenue in Port Jervis, White and 31-year-old Tranelle Drake of Port Jervis confronted the 67-year-old man and displayed what appeared to be a pistol. They struck the victim in the face with the weapon, stole his wallet, car keys and cellphone and locked the man in the trunk of his car. The victim was able to escape from the trunk before White and Drake drove away in his car.
During the investigation of the robbery and kidnapping, police learned that White raped a girl who was less than 15. White was indicted by an Orange County grand jury and later confessed he raped the child between July 1, 2018, and August 3, 2018, in Port Jervis.
White, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the robbery charge and six years in prison on the rape charge. The judge ordered that both sentences run consecutively, for a total sentence of 16 years.
“This defendant is obviously a danger to society, irrespective of his victims’ ages,” Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said. “I admire the bravery and tenacity of the victim of this horrific robbery and hope that the survivor of the sex crime receives the help and support that she is entitled to. Our community will be safer during the sixteen years that this defendant is incarcerated.”
On October 24, 2019, Drake admitted to robbing the victim with what appeared to be a firearm. Last month, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison.