Quinones attorney says plea deal in works for rape and menacing charges

Carlos Quinones

Enterprise file photo — Elizabeth Floyd Mair

Carlos Quinones stood beside his attorney, Gabriella Romero of the Albany County Public Defender’s Office, in Guilderland Town Court on Feb. 27.

GUILDERLAND — Carlos Quinones, 17, appeared in Guilderland Town Court again on April 11, on a misdemeanor charge of second-degree menacing; police say he displayed a gun in the Crossgates Mall parking lot.

Quinones was on probation for rape at the time of his Feb. 16 arrest by the Guilderland Police.

Quinones, of 32 Fuller Terrace, Albany, had been arrested on Oct. 1, 2018 by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office for third-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of first-degree attempted criminal sexual act, and for first-degree criminal sexual act, according to spokeswoman Cecilia Walsh of the Albany County District Attorney’s Office. Walsh added that he had posted $15,000 bail at the time of his arraignment in county court.

The earlier crimes are alleged to have occurred in Green Island and to have involved five different female victims, all under the age of 18.

According to the menacing complaint against Quinones in Guilderland Town Court, a teenage complainant said he had met him in the Crossgates Mall parking lot, expecting to sell Quinones Vape cartridges and that Quinones had pulled out a handgun and waved it around. The complainant said he believed Quinones did this because of a fight the complainant had had the previous day with a friend of Quinones.

Quinones pleaded not guilty to the menacing charge in February.

In Guilderland Town Court on April 11, Quinones’ attorney, Gabriella Romero of the Albany County Public Defender’s Office, told Town Justice John Bailey that she expects a “global resolution” soon in county court of all of the charges against Quinones, through a plea deal.

“A plea is forthcoming, Judge,” Romero told Bailey.

Bailey set a return date for Quinones of June 13 and asked Romero to let him know if anything happens in county court that affects the case pending in the town court.

Bailey also issued a new complete stay-away order of protection for the complainant in the menacing case, after checking and finding that the original order had expired.

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