Police arrest sex offender after crime spree in Gates

Police arrest predicate felon after crime spree in Gates

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GATES, N.Y. — A Rochester man, convicted of criminal sex acts against a 6-year-old boy, is facing multiple charges after a string of crimes in Gates on Monday.

Julian Gracia, 39, tied up a motel clerk and tried to rob him, then threatened to shoot police officers, among other things.

Gates Police went to the Gates Motel on Buffalo Road for a report of a commotion in the front office and found the clerk tied to a chair and Gracia robbing him. Gracia allegedly choked the clerk and threatened to shoot him as well.

When officers tried to take Gracia into custody, he threatened to shoot the officers and refused their commands. He continued to resist arrest as officers tried to handcuff him. Police used a Taser and pepper spray before ultimately taking him into custody.

During the incident, a Gates Police sergeant injured his hand and was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released. Gracia was taken to the hospital, treated, and released for an injury.

The investigation found that the suspect was involved in two other crimes in Gates early Monday morning. At 4:45 a.m., he allegedly stole a donation jar from the Speedway Gas Station at Buffalo Road and Howard Road.

At 7:10 a.m., Gracia allegedly broke out the front door window of the MC’s Dugout restaurant on Buffalo Road and stole liquor bottles.

News10NBC’s Marsha Augustin spoke with a manager at Speedway who said he couldn’t comment on camera, but this is what he continues to deal with.

Customers at MC’s Dugout didn’t want to speak on camera but said the crimes are sad.

Neighbors of the motel said the crimes are disappointing but not surprising, and that the motel has a history of crime issues.

Gracia has a history of criminal convictions including criminal sex acts against a 6-year-old boy, burglary, robbery, and assault.

Gracia was arraigned in Gates Town Court and taken to Monroe County Jail without bail.