Ridgeway man who evaded police arraigned on numerous charges, including rape, strangulation
Gerardo Quiros being held without bail after arraignment
RIDGEWAY – A Ridgeway man was called “extremely violent” by a judge today during arraignment in Orleans County Court.
Gerardo Quiros, 30, of Ridge Road faces a 36-count indictment after he allegedly held a woman against her will in his home from March 15 to April 29.
He faces seven counts of first-degree rape, 23 counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, third and fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful dealing with a child and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Quiros entered a not guilty plea during the arraignment.
He is being held in the county jail without bail.
“The allegations are of such extreme volatility that I am concerned,” Judge James Punch said during the arraignment.
Quiros was subject of a manhunt after a report on April 29 that he attacked a woman in his house. Quiros fled before police arrived, leading to a massive police search of the area and a stay-in-place order for nearby residents. The search was called off after several hours when police determined Quiros was no longer in the area. He was arrested two days later in Lockport.
Quiros is accused of repeatedly raping and sodomizing the victim, and having drugs with a child present in the house.
Quiros has been free after posting a $200,000 bond. But Judge Punch said this afternoon he would hold Quiros in jail without bail.
District Attorney Joe Cardone said he believes Quiros has hidden weapons that weren’t found after a search warrant was issued for his house.
Punch issued an order of protection for the victim and told Quiros to have his weapons turned into police.