What started out as a complaint about a fire pit creating a lot of smoke in Nanuet led to a confrontation with police that ended with Clarkstown officers subduing a man with a Taser.
Matvey Nurgaliev, 28, of 27 Van Nostrant Place, Nanuet, is charged with resisting arrest, false personation, both misdemeanors, and was cited for violating a Clarkstown Town Code that restricts outdoor fires. Roxanne Guzman, 57, also a resident of 27 Van Nostrand Place, was also charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor, for trying to hide Nurgaliev’s identity.
Clarkstown police said town officers went to the Van Nostrand Place home at 8:30 a.m. Thursday after a complaint about open burning. When officers arrived they found an active fire was burning in a metal fire pit, which was causing a heavy smoke condition in the area.
Officers attempted to speak with the resident at the home, Matvey Nurgaliev, who originally identified himself as “Sans Kinter.” Nurgaliev was told that he was in violation of the town code regarding no outdoor fires.
Police said Nurgaliev was asked to provide proper identification and told town officers he had to go into his home to retrieve his wallet. After several minutes, police said, Roxanne Guzman emerged from the home and told police that Nurgaliev did not have identification and vouched for his identity giving officers the assumed name “Sans Kinter.”
Police said town officers were able to properly identify Nurgaliev by personal effects contained in his wallet. As officers were trying to arrest Nurgaliev, however, police said he began to run away.
Nurgaliev was chased and tackled to the ground in the rear yard of the home. Police said Nurgaliev struggled with officers and had to be subdued with the use of a Taser.
Nurgaliev was arraigned in Clarkstown Town Court and ordered held in the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City on $500 bail pending a June 25 hearing. Guzman was also placed under arrest for interfering with the investigation. Guzman was released pending a June 6 hearing in Town Court.