Pintado Remains in New Jersey Jail, Wanted in Rockland in Mall Molestation Case

The court clerk this morning called out the name Elio Pintado in County Court Judge William Nelson’s courtoom.
No one came from the audience and no one was brought into court, shackled at the waist wearing an orange jail jumpsuit.
Pintado was a no-show for his arraignment on sexual abuse charges involving the molestation of a 7-year-old girl inside the AMC Loews theater bathroom at the Palisades Center on New Year’s Day.
He had an excuse: he remains in the Union County Jail in New Jersey on separate charges accusing him of trying to lure a young girl into a car in Berkeley Heights, N.J. Clarkstown police charged him in the mall molestation incident while he jailed on the New Jersey charges.
Nelson today signed a warrant for Pintado’s arrest – a maneuver that will ensure Pintado’s not released from jail. The Rockland District Attorney’s Office also has filed a fugitive of justice warrant seeking Pintado, making sure he can’t be release.
Rockland DA Thomas Zugibe says Pintado can’t be brought to Rockland until the Union County Prosecutor’s Office moves to lift his bail and New Jersey drops its parole violation charge. Pintado served several years in New Jersey prison for taking people hostage in 2004 and threatened he had Anthrax, a bomb and shotgun.

Steve Lieberman

Steve Lieberman joined The Journal News as an editor in February 1984 and became a reporter during the spring of 1986. He has covered police, courts and legal issues for more than a decade, after reporting on county, town, village and state governments and general issues. He received more than a dozen state awards for writing and reporting. Born and raised in The Bronx, he has lived in Rockland since 1988.