From Columbia County D.A.'s Office:
On June 26, 2017, Ricardo Mercado was arraigned in County Court upon his indictment for three (3) Counts of Criminal Contempt in the 1st Degree; two (2) Counts of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree; and two (2) Counts of Stalking in the 3rd Degree,
Honorable Richard M. Koweek presiding. The Court scheduled a trial for November 13, 2017. The New York State Police investigated this matter and arrested Ricardo Mercado. Barry D. Sack represents Ricardo Mercado.
Ricardo Mercado is presumed to be innocent unless and until the People prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to all twelve (12) of twelve (12) jurors.
Press release from June 4th from State Police. Mercado was arrested on similar charges an additional time after this release.
Taghkanic, New York – On June 4, 2017, New York State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested 57-year-old Ricardo Mercado of Claverack, New York, for Criminal Contempt in the 1st Degree, a Class E Felony.
On June 4, 2017, a Taghkanic woman reported that Mercado went to her home on June 3, 2017 in violation of an active order of protection. Mercado was located at his home on June 4, 2017 and placed in custody.
Mercado was arraigned in the Town of Claverack Court before Judge Brandon and was remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. The defendant is scheduled to appear in the Town of Taghkanic Court on June 8, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
Mercado was additionally arrested on June 1, 2017 and charged with Criminal Contempt 2ndDegree and Stalking 4th Degree, both Misdemeanors. Mercado was arrested for following the victim on Healey Boulevard in his vehicle in violation of an order of protection and causing her to fear for her safety.
The defendant was arraigned in the Town of Claverack Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail