Monwell Wright, in a mugshot taken in January. (Credit: Riverhead Town police)
Update: Monwell Wright is being held on $50,000 bail, according to the justice court, after he was arraigned earlier this morning.
According to court filings, Mr. Wright stolr $85 cash and $160 in money orders from the victim, injuring his wrist and forearm in the process.
Mr. Wright is due back in court tomorrow.
Original story: A 20-year-old homeless man with an already long rap sheet was arrested Wednesday in Riverhead in connection to a June attack and robbery of a victim who had also been knocked from his wheel chair during the assault, town police said.
Monwell Wright was arrested on Railroad Avenue in Riverhead, police said, not far from where the June 2 attack occurred near the railroad tracks and Maple Avenue.
Mr. Wright was charged with second-degree robbery, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Additional suspects are still being sought, police said. (more…)
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Area police officers will soon benefit from the protection of new bulletproof vests, thanks to grant funding from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office. (more…)
Howard Cannon mug shot (Credit: Riverhead Police Department)
Town police say a 51-year-old Flanders man choked a woman during an argument at a Riverhead home early Wednesday, two days after he was ordered by a town judge to stay away from her. (more…)
A 44-year-old Riverhead woman was busted speeding in Riverside Monday night despite having 21 suspensions on her drivers license, Southampton Town police said.
Police said Julia Shoffner was stopped about 10:50 p.m. on Flanders Road, where a DMV search revealed that Ms. Shoffner’s license had been revoked, police said.
She was arrested and charged with aggravated unlicensed driving, a felony, police said.
Her arraignment information was not immediately available.
• A Flanders man reported that his was stolen car stolen from his driveway July 28 on Riverside Avenue. The theft is believed to have occurred between 12:30 and 1:20 a.m.
The car is described as a black 2003 Honda Accord four-door sedan, according to police. (more…)
Riverhead police detectives and Suffolk County Crime Stoppers have offered a reward for information on a woman who allegedly stole an envelope filled with cash from a store in Riverhead last month. (more…)
Southampton Town Police arrested a Flanders man last night after they said he was driving drunk down the wrong side of Montauk Highway with an open container in his car.
According to police, 24-year-old Rudy Hernandez-Punai was seen driving westbound on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays around 9:20 p.m. However police said he was driving in the eastbound lanes of travel.
He was stopped and reportedly found to be intoxicated. Mr. Hernandez-Punai was charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, as well as several traffic infractions, including failing to keep right on a roadway, having an open container in a vehicle, and unlicensed operation.
He was held for morning arraignment.
The plane is taxied back to its hangar Wednesday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)
The tandem skydiving accident that killed a 25-year-old Medford man and critically injured the instructor was “unequivocally” caused by a mini-tornado known as a “dust devil,” according to the national director of the United States Parachute Association. (more…)