04/18/14 12:23pm
04/18/2014 12:23 PM
Riverhead police say a homeless man was beaten and robbed by the railroad tracks in Polish Town Sunday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead police say a homeless man was beaten and robbed by the railroad tracks in Polish Town Sunday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Authorities have released more information about a Sunday mugging in Polish Town, now offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest in the case.

A 33-year-old homeless man suffered serious head injuries after he was beaten and robbed on the Long Island Rail Road tracks just west of Marcy Avenue around 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, police said.

The victim told police that two or three men beat him in the face and head with an unknown object, “possibly a nearby tree branch,” and robbed him of $400 cash, according to a report. He was allegedly robbed while walking on Osborn Avenue and then dragged to an area west of Marcy Avenue.

The victim was found bleeding heavily from the face and head at the BP gas station on West Main Street in Riverhead, police said.

The numbers of suspects involved in the beating had previously thought to number two or three, though police confirmed on Friday that two black men in their mid-30s were last seen on on foot near Pulaski Street. One man was reportedly wearing all black, and the other was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.

Police Chief David Hegermiller said earlier this week that Sunday’s assault may be related to a string of other assaults in the area this year. It was the fifth assault on a Hispanic person in the downtown Riverhead area this year, he said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 631-727-4500, ext. 289 of 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

02/17/14 12:01pm
02/17/2014 12:01 PM
Rancho Latino bar on Flanders Road. Paul Squire photo.

Rancho Latino bar on Flanders Road. Paul Squire photo.

A fight over a woman between two drunken patrons at a Flanders restaurant early Monday morning left one man with a swollen eye and the other in police custody, authorities said.

The assault occurred about 12:20 a.m., when 38-year-old Wilner Vaca of Smithtown got into a dispute with another intoxicated man at Rancho Latino on Flanders Road, Sgt. Susan Ralph said. (more…)

10/29/13 1:30pm
10/29/2013 1:30 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead police officers investigate where a woman was allegedly attacked at Tanger Outlet Center.

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

Police are still searching for a man they say attacked a woman in a public restroom Tuesday, and are also looking for more information from a woman who witnessed the attack and called police.

A 67-year-old woman was inside a public restroom in Tanger 1 near the West Elm outlet store about noon when she was “attacked” by someone who was hiding inside another stall before the mugging, 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 forcing her to the floor. As the victim screamed for help, another woman entered the bathroom and ran to get employees at a nearby store.

A manager at the West Elm store said employees brought the shaken victim inside the building and the woman who walked in on the attack called police after the man ran off.

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.

Riverhead officers roped off the seating area near the restroom with police tape as they investigated the alleged attack. State trooper K9 units were also called to assist after police said the man fled the mall southbound, toward River Road.

The woman suffered “non life-threatening” injuries in the attack, police Sergeant Stephen Palmer said at the scene. She was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Riverhead ambulance volunteers to be treated.

Police did not say whether the man — whom they did not identify — took anything in the attack.

Cops are asking the witness of the attack, as well as anyone else who may have information about the incident, to call police at 631-727-4500.

psquire@timesreview.com

 

09/22/13 11:47pm
09/22/2013 11:47 PM
BING MAPS | The route police say Robert Davis drove as he attempted to leave the scene where he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.

BING MAPS | The route police say Robert Davis drove as he attempted to leave the scene where he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.

A homeless man’s attempt to escape the scene where he assaulted his girlfriend in Riverhead Sunday night ended after he drove off the Long Island Expressway and crashed into a cluster of trees, Riverhead Town police said.

Robert Davis, 52, first crashed into another car as he sped onto Route 58 from the Best Yet parking lot, moments after assaulting his girlfriend in front of the grocery store, police said. Driving at a slow rate of speed due to a flat tire on his red 1992 Buick sedan, Mr. Davis made it to the westbound Long Island Expressway, but his car struck a guard rail just west of exit 71 and left the roadway shortly after 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Davis, whose last known address was on Floyd Road in Shirley, was charged with DWI drugs and third-degree assault, police said.

He was airlifted by Suffolk County police helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he is still being treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

His girlfriend, who is also 52 years old and homeless, was treated and released from Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the assault, police said.

There were no other injuries in the incident, police said.

Correction: An earlier version of this article said the accident occurred Saturday night. A police press release listed the wrong date.

09/16/13 2:28pm
09/16/2013 2:28 PM

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | Police escort Brayan Cahueque, 23, into Southold Town court on Monday.

A 23-year-old Laurel man pleaded not guilty to a second-degree assault charge after being accused of shooting a man in the face with an air rifle early Sunday morning.

Brayan Cahueque fired the shot at a 23-year-old man during an altercation about 4 a.m. at 1345 Main Road in Laurel, police said.

In court on Monday, a translator read Mr. Cahueque the felony charge. After, his lawyer William Moore said Mr. Cahueque wasn’t guilty of the crime.

“We dispute the factual allegations,” Mr. Moore said.

Mr. Cahueque has three children and no criminal record, Mr. Moore told the court.

Cahueque is due back in court next month; his sister posted his $500 cash bail.

The victim of the incident was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of his injury, police said.

Police said they are holding the weapon as evidence.

cmurray@timesreview.com