LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A man who was part of the 2007 tag-team machete robbery of the Tim Hortons in Geneseo was arrested with his wife for contraband and drug charges after an astute jail Deputy Sheriff noticed a suspicious hand-to-hand interaction between the couple.
According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Jason Hollada, 28, while on parole for Attempted Robbery, was arrested from jail for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and his wife Andrea Hollada, 41, a registered sex offender, was arrested for Promoting Prison Contraband, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance.
Last Monday, Dec. 15, Corporal Randall Newton of the Livingston County Jail was randomly reviewing security video footage of the previous day’s inmate visitation when he says he saw a female pass contraband to a male inmate in a hand-to-hand transaction during a contact visit. Further investigation discovered that Andrea, with a child present, had concealed a hydrocodone pill on her person which she passed to Jason, and which he immediately swallowed.
According to the NYS Department of Corrections, Jason was in the jail on Monday jail on Violation of Parole charges. He was on parole after serving a prison sentence for Attempted Robbery, for trying to rob the Geneseo Tim Hortons with his cousin Matthew Sanders, who was wielding a machete.
Andrea was convicted of Sexual Intercourse, Deviate Sexual Intercourse, and Criminal Sexual Contact for sex with a 14-year-old boy in Maryland in December 2002, and is considered a level 2 sex offender, or at a “moderate risk” to re-offend.
Since a child was with Andrea at the time of the alleged drug deal, both were charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Jason Hollada was charged with one count of Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree, a class D Felony, one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree, a class A Misdemeanor, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A Misdemeanor.
Andrea is charged with one count of Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree a class D Felony, one count of Criminal Sale of a Narcotic Drug, a class B Felony, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A Misdemeanor.
Andrea, as a registered sex offender, was also charged with Failure to Register or Verify less than a month ago and released on her own recognizance by Judge Thomas Bushnell in Geneseo Village Court. Andrea was processed and arraigned on the new charges of sale and contraband, and again Judge Bushnell released her on her own recognizance.
Sheriff Dougherty noted that District Attorney Greg McCaffrey did recommend bail on both the previous sex offender offense and the new contraband charges, but that ultimately it is the decision of the Judge.
As a parolee under the jurisdiction of the Department of Correctional Services, Jason will answer to his charges at a later date.
Investigating the incident were Deputy Joshua Parmele, Deputy Matthew Romanowski, Corporal Randall Newton, Sergeant Jeff Hammond, Sheriff’s Investigator Dan Rittenhouse and Chief Deputy Jason Yasso.
PHOTO CAPTION: Photos courtesy of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.