10/31/13 11:44am
10/31/2013 11:44 AM

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Riverhead Town police have released a composite sketch of the man they say attacked a woman in a Tanger Outlets bathroom earlier this week.

Sgt. Joseph Loggia said a witness to the crime has come forward to police since the Tuesday attack, though the suspect remains at large.

“We’re hoping this generates something,” he said.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead police officers investigate where a woman was allegedly attacked at Tanger Outlet Center Tuesday afternoon.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead police officers investigate where a woman was allegedly attacked at Tanger Outlet Center Tuesday afternoon.

The 67-year-old victim was inside a public restroom at Tanger 1 near the West Elm outlet store about noon Tuesday when she was attacked by someone who was hiding inside another stall, Riverhead Town police said.

Police said that as the woman tried to exit her stall, the suspect pushed her back in, putting one of his arms around her neck while trying to force her to the floor. The attacker ran off after a witness entered the bathroom, police said.

The woman suffered minor injuries in the attack, police said.

Police described the suspect as a “young looking” black male, clean shaven and slim, wearing a dark hoodie sweatshirt and standing about 5-foot-6-inches to 5-foot-8-inches in height.

The sketch has been sent to local police departments, including Suffolk County police, who are investigating to see if any other similar incidents have occurred in the county recently, he said.

At this point, Sgt. Loggia said, the incident appears to be isolated. Police have not yet determined if the suspect is a local resident or from out of town.

“It’s Tanger Mall. You could be from anywhere,” Sgt. Loggia said.

In the wake of the assault, Tanger Outlets have increased security at the mall, hiring more third-party guards to patrol the area, according to the shops’ management.

“We want to have a strong security presence at our shopping [center],” said general manager Janine Nebons. ”We want people to see them and know that they’re here.”

Sgt. Loggia said Riverhead police sector cars will also make frequent patrols in the area.

Cops have asked anyone who may have information about the attack to call police at 631-727-4500.

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10/31/13 11:30am

Jewelry pieces and a sterling silver cutlery set that had previously been stolen from a Riverhead home were found for sale at an area pawnshop last Tuesday, town police said.

The items, including medals from the Riverhead Volunteer Fire Department, were valued at $1,750, police said. They were found at a shop on East Main Street about 12:30 p.m., and had been stolen from a home on Daily Court, according to a report.

Police are investigating the initial sale of the items to the pawnshop, authorities said.

• An Aquebogue vegetable farm was burglarized last Thursday, police said. Sometime between 1 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, an unknown person entered the farm stand at the Main Road farm, removing baskets of apples and $100 worth of vegetables from the stand, according to a report.

The person also used a hammer to pry open a walk-in cooler on the property and stole a Sony laptop computer and tools being kept inside, police said. Detectives are investigating.

• Police are investigating an incident of sexual abuse involving a juvenile alleged to have occurred at Little Flower Children’s Services in Wading River, according to a report.

No further information about the alleged incident was immediately available.

• Two sets of Taylor Made golf clubs were stolen from a vehicle parked outside a Riverhead golf course early Sunday, police said.

Sometime between 12:30 and 1 p.m., an unknown person removed the clubs – valued at $3,000, according to a report. They were described as Burner irons in a yellow and black bag and R-7 irons in a black and blue bag, according to a report. Police did not indicate whether the vehicle was locked or not.

• A $3,000 Honda dirt bike was stolen from a Calverton poultry farm last weekend, police said.

The bike, described as a red and white CR250, had been parked in a barn on River Road, according to a report. It was stolen between 8 p.m. Friday and 4:25 p.m. Monday, police said. Police said they are investigating and will be conducting extra patrols in the area.

• Eric Ross, 21, of Baiting Hollow was arrested Friday for unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop on Route 58 in Riverhead, state police said.

• Devin Mazzei, 48, of Mastic was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana on West Main Street about 12:20 p.m. Friday, police said.

The above information was supplied by the Riverhead Town Police Department. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate convictions.

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Town's police headquarters.

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Town’s police headquarters.

10/31/13 10:00am


The Riverhead Town Board discussed security cameras for downtown Riverhead at its work session Thursday morning, as well as a traffic study of downtown that is part of a state Brownfields Opportunities Area grant it received.

The meeting started at 10 a.m. and News-Review reporter Tim Gannon live blogged it. Click below to follow or comment.

10/31/13 8:00am

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | This ‘corpse’ is part of a spooky scene in Wading River.

Ghosts, graves and ghastly goblins — these are just a few of the props local homeowners are using to decorate their houses and lawns for Halloween. From menacing masks and cobwebs to spooky scarecrows and the Grim Reaper, here are photos of some of the scariest-looking spots around.

For a chance to have a Halloween photo in the Nov. 7 edition of The Riverhead-News Reivew, click here to read more.

10/31/13 1:18am
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | This Hess station on Edwards Avenue was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night, authorities said. The robber remains at large.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The Hess station on Edwards Avenue that was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night, police said. The robber remains at large.

It had been a quiet night for Hess gas station clerk Mohammed Kahn.

Unlike during the busy summer months, there were no customers inside the station’s market on Edwards Avenue near the Long Island Expressway on-ramp Wednesday.

About 7:45 p.m., Mr. Kahn said a customer — a man in his 30s wearing a black hat and black clothing — walked in through the doors and up to the counter. The man told Mr. Kahn to give him money from the register.

The cashier, the only employee working at the time, thought it was a prank.

“I was looking to him like he was joking,” Mr. Kahn told the News-Review.

That’s when the man pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the clerk, demanding the cash.

Mr. Kahn quickly realized the man wasn’t kidding. Mr. Kahn said he gave the robber cash from the register and the man ran away from the station.

No one was injured in the robbery.

Riverhead Town police responded to Mr. Kahn’s call to 911 moments later, and searched the scene for the robber.

“They came right away,” Mr. Kahn said. “They’re very fast.”

Suffolk County police reached the gas station soon after Riverhead cops and took over the investigation. The Hess station sits about a quarter-mile into the Suffolk County police’s jurisdiction.

Town police described the suspect as a white male standing about 6-feet-tall and wearing dark clothing. He was last seen running north along Edwards Avenue and remains at large.

Suffolk County Police Department detectives are actively investigating the robbery, county police said.

Mr. Kahn said Suffolk County sheriffs often stop by the mart by while patrolling the area, but no police were nearby when the robbery occurred.

“[The robber] was lucky,” he said.

Still, he’s confident the robber will be caught; the suspect was caught on surveillance footage, Mr. Kahn said.

Mr. Kahn, better known to his customers as Assad, has been working at the Hess station for 12 years and said he had never been robbed before.

But in recent years, he said, the neighborhood around the station has been changed by more drugs on the street.

“I see girls and boys come by, they look like they came from good homes,” Mr. Kahn said. “There’s a lot of drugs.”

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