Mount Vernon teen arraigned for Sleepy Hollow murder

MOUNT VERNON, NY – A Mount Vernon man was arraigned June 30 on a charge of Manslaughter in the First Degree for the June 28 killing of a Sleepy Hollow man, Westchester District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced.

Emmanuel Valentin Perez, 18, appeared in Sleepy Hollow Village Court where he was charged with the shooting death of 32-year-old Manuel Salazar. During the incident, which took place in Margotta Courts Park in Sleepy Hollow, another man also sustained a gunshot wound.

Salazar was taken to Westchester County Medical Center, where he died. The second victim was treated and released. Valentin Perez was arrested on June 29 and remains in custody at the Westchester County Jail.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Salazar’s family, and we have already reached out to them to offer victim support services,” said DA Rocah. “We share Westchester residents’ concerns about gun violence and will continue to fight this problem aggressively.”

DA Rocah also thanked the law enforcement officers who were involved in this case, including Sleepy Hollow Police Department, Westchester County Police and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force.

The case is being prosecuted by Major Case Bureau Chief Perry Perrone.

The charges against the defendant represent accusations and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilt

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