Accused rapist Quinones pleads not guilty to menacing

Carlos X. Quinones Jr.

The Enterprise — Elizabeth Floyd Mair

Carlos X. Quinones Jr., 17, pleaded not guilty before Judge John Bailey on Feb. 27 in Guilderland Town Court to second-degree menacing, a misdemeanor. Next to him is Gabriella Romero of the Albany County Public Defenders’ Office.

GUILDERLAND — The 17-year-old from Colonie who was charged with menacing after, police say, he displayed a gun on Feb. 16 in the Crossgates Mall parking lot, pleaded not guilty in Guilderland Town Court on Feb. 27.

He listened attentively throughout his appearance before Judge John Bailey with public defender Gabriella Romera at his side.

Quinones is due back in Guilderland Town Court on March 21 on the misdemeanor menacing charge.

At the time of his arrest, Quinones was out on bail, charged with rape. For the rape-related charges, bail was set at $15,000 at the time of his arraignment; he posted bail and was released from custody, according to spokeswoman Cecilia Walsh of the Albany County District Attorney’s Office.

He had been arrested on Oct. 1, 2018, when he was 16, by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and charged with third-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree criminal sex act, and two counts of first-degree attempted criminal sexual act, all felonies, according to the Albany County District Attorney’s Office; the sexual assaults are alleged to have occurred between February and June 2018 in Green Island. The case remains open and pending, Walsh said.

An investigator with the sheriff’s office told The Enterprise earlier that five females under the age of 18 are accusing Quinones.

The Feb. 16 charge, for second-degree menacing, stems from a meeting arranged so that Quinones, of 32 Fuller Terrace in Colonie, could buy vape cartridges from the teen who called police, according to the complaint filed in Guilderland Town Court. Quinones placed “the victim in fear of physical injury and/or death by pulling out a black handgun and waving said gun around near the driver’s door,” the complaint says.


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