A cab driver was beaten and robbed at gunpoint early Saturday in Riverhead, authorities said.
Officers were called about 3 a.m. to Delores Avenue, where the taxi driver said two men — one armed with a silver automatic handgun — robbed him of $70 cash and a Palm Pilot valued at $300. The driver attempted to pull the handgun away from one of the suspects, but the other suspect punched him three times and the pair fled on foot, police said.
Both suspects are believed to be in their 20s, police said. The one carrying the gun was described as having dark skin and a thin build. He was wearing a black baseball cap with white lettering and a blue and white bandanna over his face.
The second suspect was described as being about 5-foot, 4-inches tall, clean-shaven, with a medium build and medium complexion. He was wearing a baseball cap of an unknown color, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Riverhead Police at 727-4500 ext. 328.
• Two local businesses were busted for selling alcohol to a minor after an investigation by local law enforcement Wednesday night, town police said.
Police said Stephanie Eiman, 63, of Wading River sold alcohol to a minor at the Hess gas station on Route 25A in Wading River, and Kimberly Green, 33, of Flanders sold alcohol to a minor at the King Kullen on Route 58 in Riverhead. Both women were charged with unlawfully dealing with a child and both establishments were referred to the State Liquor Authority, town police said.
The investigation found that 13 other town businesses were in compliance with state liquor laws. They are Alpine Wine and Liquors on Route 25A in Wading River, Hess located at 1879 Old Country Road in Riverhead, Hess at 870 Old Country Road in Riverhead, King Kullen in Wading River, Wine and Liquors on Route 25A in Wading River, Wine Depot on Route 58 in Riverhead, Stop & Shop on Route 58 in Riverhead, Waldbaum’s on Route 58 in Riverhead, Roanoke Liquors on Route 58 in Riverhead, Best Yet Market on Route 58 in Riverhead, Superior Auto Repairs on Main Road in Aquebogue, Mae’s Market on Railroad Avenue in Riverhead and Stop and Go Mini Mart on West Main Street in Riverhead.
• Two cars collided and drove over a guardrail on the Long Island Expressway about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
A 1997 Chevy driven by Jorge Escalante, 41, of Falcon Avenue in Medford was heading west on the LIE between exits 71 and 72 when it was struck by a westbound 2006 Honda driven by Marisa Godson, 33, of Clafford Lane in Melville. Ms. Godson told police she had jerked the steering wheel abruptly when she came too close to Mr. Escalante, who was in the right lane, causing her to lose control and strike Mr. Escalante’s car. The collision caused both cars to overturn and go over the guardrail, according to police. Mr. Ecalante and his four passengers were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, while Ms. Godson had no passengers and was not taken to the hospital, according to police.
Ms. Godson was ticketed for having an uninspected vehicle, while Mr. Escalante was ticketed for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, according to police.
• A man reported being punched in the face and robbed by an unknown man on Route 58 Sunday afternoon. The victim said the suspect, described only as an Hispanic male, punched him and then forcibly removed his silver and black Roadmaster bicycle, worth $75, official said.
• Police say an unknown Hispanic male driving a grey Dodge pickup truck asked three juvenile females to get into his vehicle Saturday at about 7 p.m. on Osborn Avenue. The case is still under investigation, according to police.
• Carl’s Equipment on Route 58 reported Tuesday that a man who had rented a lawn mower from them issued a bad check in the amount of $180 and never returned the equipment, which was valued at about $11,000, according to police.
• About $5,271 in cash and a check for $27.15 was reported stolen from the Toys R Us store on Route 58 in Riverhead last Tuesday morning. Police said someone had entered the store through a rear door and removed the money.
• About $330 cash and a iPod Nano were reported stolen from the LaPlage restaurant on Creek Road in Wading River last Tuesday morning. The suspects in this case pulled open the front doors to gain entry.
• A Middle Road resident reported Monday that his Tom Tom GPS had been stolen from his car. Police said the GPS has a $175 estimated value.
• A $100 power washer was reported stolen from a home on Lewis Street in Riverhead Tuesday.
• The rear window of a home on Sound Avenue in Wading River was broken out Friday at about 1 a.m. but no one gained entry to the home, according to police, who said the damage to the window was valued at about $200.
• The front glass doors of Wading River Pizza and Thirsty Cellar, both on Route 25A in Wading River, were broken Friday at about 3:20 a.m., but police say nothing appears to have been stolen from either store.
• A Suffolk Transit bus was shot with paint balls by a woman on Lewis Street and Segal Avenue in Riverhead Thursday afternoon. The woman later cleaned off the bus and the matter was settled with no charges being filed, police said.
• A resident reported late last Tuesday night that someone had fired two shotgun blasts into the driver’s side front and rear door of his car, which was parked on Andrea Court in Riverhead.
Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.