Rockland D-A Investigating How Finkelstein Library Suspect Got out of Jail on Separate Attempted Rape Charge in December

The 25-year-old Spring Valley man accused in the fatal stabbing of a Finkelstein Library security guard earlier this week had been released after being accused of trying to rape a woman at Montefiore Nyack Hospital in November. The Journal News reports Blanchard Glaudin, under a different name, had been charged by Orangetown police in that case. A police report filed with Nyack Justice Court said he entered the victim’s hospital room, held her by the throat, bit her neck and told her to “Shut up. Don’t scream. Pull down your pants. I don’t care about your blood.” Bail was initially set in Nyack Justice Court at $100,000. Glaudin was reportedly released by a County Court judge in late December, before the new bail reform laws had gone into effect, though attempted rape charges would still have qualified for bail under the new laws. The Journal News says Glaudin failed to show up in Nyack Justice Court several times last month. That case is still pending, and D-A Tom Walsh, who was not the D-A at the time, and Sheriff Lou Falco are reviewing how he was able to get out of jail. He’s now being held in the Rockland County Jail without bail for Tuesday’s library stabbing, and is due back in court Monday.

Meanwhile, a community candlelight vigil is planned for 4:30 this afternoon outside Finkelstein Library for stabbing victim Sandra Wilson. A funeral service will be held Monday at noon at the First Baptist Church in Spring Valley. Calling hours will be from 10am to noon, before the service. Burial follows at Brick Church Cemetery in New Hempstead. The library will remain closed until Monday.

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