01/05/15 7:16am
01/05/2015 7:16 AM

Update, noon, Tuesday: Police declined to comment further on the case, saying they did not want to compromise an ongoing investigation.

Original story: Riverhead Police are investigating a reported robbery at a Wading River gas station that took place early this morning.

According to police, an armed man entered the Valero gas station at 4904 Route 25A around 12:45 a.m. and demanded cash from the clerk.

The man then fled the store with cash and cigarettes and has yet to be located since.

Det. Mike Henry said police will soon be reviewing video surveillance to obtain more information about the robbery.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Riverhead Police Department at 727-4500, ext. 302.

01/25/14 7:42am
01/25/2014 7:42 AM
GOOGLE MAPS PHOTO | A red marker shows the location of a second reported mugging in Riverhead in less than 24 hours.

GOOGLE MAPS PHOTO | A red marker shows the location of a second reported mugging in Riverhead in less than 24 hours.

Less than a day after a man was beaten in an attempted armed robbery in Polish Town Friday, a second victim has been mugged at gunpoint less than five blocks away, Riverhead Town police said.

The reported victim — identified by police as Baldomero Cujon Cotzoj, 33, of Calverton — was walking south on Griffing Avenue just north of the railroad tracks about 10 p.m. Friday when he was approached by two men, police said. One of the men grabbed him and displayed a handgun while the second man stood at his side, according to a police statement.

The armed man demanded cash from the victim, and then beat him in the head several times with the butt of the handgun, police said. The two men ran off in an unknown direction without taking any cash from the victim, according to the statement.

The victim called police, who arrived at the scene with the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The man was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center, treated for non life-threatening injuries and released, police said.

The armed robbery was the second reported mugging in that area in less than 24 hours.

About 6:15 Friday morning, a Riverhead man was held at gunpoint by a man and a woman, then beaten over the head with a rock while walking to work on Sweezy Avenue near Pulaski Street, Riverhead Town police said.

The two suspects in that robbery ran off when a car passed by. No money was stolen in that robbery either, police said. Friday morning’s victim walked home to call police, and was later taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center with facial, head and shoulder injuries, police said.

Police did not say whether detectives believe the two incident are related or not. The investigations into both reported crimes are ongoing, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Riverhead Police at (631) 727-4500 ext. 313.

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12/12/13 11:37am
12/12/2013 11:37 AM
COURTESY PHOTO | Julian Williams is charged with first-degree robbery following an incident Wednesday on Delores Avenue

COURTESY PHOTO | Julian Williams is charged with first-degree robbery following an incident Wednesday on Delores Avenue

Editor’s Note: The felony robbery charge against Mr. Williams was dropped on June 11, 2014.

A Riverhead teen is being held on $150,000 cash bail after allegedly robbing a man at gunpoint and striking the man in the face with the gun, officials said during the teen’s arraignment Thursday morning.

Julian Williams, 18, of Riverhead, was arraigned on a felony robbery charge by Justice Richard Ehlers about 10:20 a.m. after he – along with another man and woman – robbed a man at gunpoint on Delores Avenue shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, sending nearby Riverhead schools into lockdown, police said.

Police are still searching for the other two people involved.

Mr. Williams displayed what appeared to be a pistol and hit the victim in the face with the gun, stealing about $6 and assorted visa credit cards, Justice Ehlers said during court.

Assistant district attorney Tim McNulty said Mr. Williams has a prior charge of first-degree robbery which occurred in August, as well as charges of driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest which occurred in March 2012.

Online court records show that Mr. Williams was also charged with second-degree robbery in relation to an incident that occurred on July 9.

In court, Mr. Williams said he had been working at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Rocky Point, and had recently interviewed for another area fast food location.

Mr. McNulty said an order of protection is being drawn-up against Mr. Williams for the victim.

Mr. Williams is expected back in court Monday.

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Editor’s Note: The felony robbery charge against Mr. Williams was dropped on June 11, 2014.

A Riverhead teenager already arrested on robbery charges three times in the past was arrested once again in relation to a robbery on Wednesday, when police say he – along with another man and woman – robbed a man at gunpoint on Delores Avenue shortly after 4 p.m., sending nearby Riverhead schools into lockdown.

According to police, 18-year-old Julian Williams was arrested on a felony charge of first-degree robbery. Authorities said that an officer in the area was approached by the victim of the robbery soon after it occurred. Police then alerted area patrols and with the help of New York State Police, conducted a search of the area for any suspected to be involved in the incident.

Police said that Mr. Williams was spotted a short time later and arrested. His home on Osborn Avenue was searched by authorities; the guns allegedly used in the robbery were found nearby, police said.

Riverhead schools Superintendent Nancy Carney said the district received a warning from police about 4:30 p.m. to go into lockdown at Riverhead High School, Riverhead Middle School and Pulaski Street school. Though the school day had already ended, some students and faculty were still at the buildings for after-school activities, Ms. Carney said.

Police kept in contact with the schools during the lockdown and at 5 p.m. police chief David Hegermiller called to give the all clear, she said. A police officer was stationed at the school as students were dismissed, she said.

We appreciate the support and communication of the Riverhead Police Department in in this matter,” she wrote in an emailed statement. “I thank Chief Hegemiller for his direct and swift communication with me. I also thank Mr. Henderson and all our staff for their efforts in handling this situation.”

Wednesday’s reported robbery is not Mr. Williams’ first run-in with the law; the teenager was arrested in relation to a downtown robbery in August 2011, and in December of the same year in another incident.

Most recently, online court records show that Williams was charged with second-degree robbery in relation to an incident that occurred on July 9. He had been held on $15,000 cash bail through mid-August, when he was reportedly released on his own recognizance. He was supposed to be due back in court on Wednesday.

Police said additional arrests are expected in the case, which is considered ongoing. Mr. Williams is due to be arraigned in court on Thursday.

Correction: An earlier version of this story cited police as saying the guns used in the alleged robbery were found in Mr. Williams house. They were found in the “area” near the home, police said.