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.

psquire@timesreview.com

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.

12/11/13 11:56pm
12/11/2013 11:56 PM

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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.

11/11/13 10:42am
11/11/2013 10:42 AM
PAUL TROMBLEE

PAUL TROMBLEE

A Manorville man who police say is responsible for a string of robberies across Suffolk County – including one at a Hess gas station in Calverton – remains held on $100,000 cash bail and is due back in court on Friday.

Paul Tromblee, 35, was arrested on Saturday and was seen in First District Court in Central Islip on Sunday.

Online court records indicate that Tromblee is being held on $200,000 bond or $100,000 cash bail. Currently, Mr. Tromblee stands charged with eight counts of first-degree robbery and one count of third-degree robbery.

The Hess gas station — located on Edwards Avenue, barely in the jurisdiction of the SCPD – was robbed Oct. 30, after a man pulled a handgun on a store clerk, demanding cash from the register about 7:45 p.m.

Since Oct. 26, gas stations in Calverton, Mastic, North Babylon, St. James, Dix Hills, and Bohemia as well as Jamba Juice in Stony Brook, Kissed by the Sun Tanning in Islip, and CVS Pharmacy in Lake Ronkonkoma were robbed by an armed suspect who demanded cash after pretending to purchase merchandise, police said. Utilizing video surveillance as well as tips, including information received via Crime Stoppers, Pattern Crime Unit detectives identified the suspect as Mr. Tromblee. He was located by detectives while driving on Sunrise Highway in Brookhaven around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Southold Police announced shortly after the Mattituck GameStop robbery that a link between the incident and the others further west were likely evident.

Mohammed Kahn, the clerk at the Calverton Hess, told the News-Review on the night of the incident that the robber walked straight up to the register and demanded cash, first giving him the impression that the act was a trick.

“I was looking to him like he was joking,” Mr. Kahn said at the time.

Detectives are continuing to investigate if Mr. Tromblee is responsible for similar incidents that occurred recently. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Police said all calls will remain confidential.

jpinciaro@timesreview.com

11/10/13 12:44pm
11/10/2013 12:44 PM
SURVEILLANCE PHOTO | Suffolk police said Paul Tromblee of Manorville has been identified as the man in this surveillance photo. He is charged with nine counts of armed robbery.

SURVEILLANCE PHOTO | Suffolk police said Paul Tromblee of Manorville has been identified as the man in this surveillance photo. He is charged with nine counts of armed robbery.

A Manorville man was arrested Saturday in connection with the armed robbery of the Hess gas station on Edwards Avenue in Calverton and at least eight other incidents, Suffolk County police said.

PAUL TROMBLEE

PAUL TROMBLEE

Paul Tromblee, 35, may still face charges in relation to other armed robberies in the county, police said. Southold Town Police said last week that the suspect in the other area robberies may have been responsible for the armed robbery of the GameStop store in Mattituck last Tuesday, though Mr. Tromblee has not yet been charged in connection with that incident.

Det. Lt. Edward Reilly of the Suffolk County Police Department said Sunday that detectives are working with Southold police, who he said still believe Mr. Tromblee is responsible for the Mattituck robbery.

Currently, Mr. Tromblee stands charged with eight counts of first-degree robbery and one count of third-degree robbery. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Sunday, Suffolk police said.

Since Oct. 26, gas stations in Calverton, Mastic, North Babylon, St. James, Dix Hills, and Bohemia as well as Jamba Juice in Stony Brook, Kissed by the Sun Tanning in Islip, and CVS Pharmacy in Lake Ronkonkoma were robbed by an armed suspect who demanded cash after pretending to purchase merchandise, police said. Utilizing video surveillance as well as tips, including information received via Crime Stoppers, Pattern Crime Unit detectives identified the suspect as Mr. Tromblee. He was located by detectives while driving on Sunrise Highway in Brookhaven around 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Hess gas station — barely in the jurisdiction of the SCPD – was robbed Oct. 30, after a man pulled a handgun on a store clerk, demanding cash from the register about 7:45 p.m.

Mohammed Kahn, the clerk at the Calverton Hess, told the News-Review on the night of the incident that the robber walked straight up to the register and demanded cash, first giving him the impression that the act was a trick.

“I was looking to him like he was joking,” Mr. Kahn said at the time.

Detectives are continuing to investigate if Mr. Tromblee is responsible for similar incidents that occurred recently. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Police said all calls will remain confidential.

gparpan@timesreview.com

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.”

psquire@timesreview.com

10/30/13 10:52pm
10/30/2013 10:52 PM

Screen shot 2013-10-31 at 1.09.10 AMSuffolk County police are actively investigating the scene of an armed robbery which occurred Wednesday night at a Hess gas station on Edwards Avenue in Calverton, authorities said.

Riverhead police said they received a 911 call just before 8 p.m., however the incident took place just outside town police jurisdiction.

The Brookhaven/Riverhead border marks the jurisdiction border between the Riverhead and Suffolk County Police Departments. The Hess station, just off exit 71 of the Long Island Expressway, sits less than a quarter-mile from the Riverhead Town border.

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

06/24/13 12:50pm
06/24/2013 12:50 PM

Two people are facing felony charges after allegedly robbing a 20-year old man at knifepoint in Riverhead Sunday night, police said.

Police were called to 445 West Main Street just before 10 p.m. Sunday for reports of a robbery and found a 20-year-old man had been robbed of $400 at knifepoint, with two suspects fleeing the area.

“Within minutes,” and with the help of a canine unit, police located David Moore, 40, and Renee McKinney, 49, on the corner of Parkway Street, officials said.

The two were arrested and each charged with first-degree robbery, a class-B felony, and arraigned Monday morning in Town Justice Court, police said.

Mr. Moore is being held at Suffolk County Correction Facility on $100,000 bail.

Ms. McKinney is being held without bail because of prior felony convictions, police said.

Details of those convictions were not immediately available.


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