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.



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.


06/25/13 12:21pm
06/25/2013 12:21 PM


A Riverhead man has been charged with attempted murder and a slew of weapons and assault charges for his alleged role in the stabbing of a 23-year-old man in Nassau County in February, Nassau County police said Tuesday.

Manuel Pelaez, 21, was arrested at his home on Wilson Avenue in Riverhead about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday by the Special Investigations Gang Squad, NY/NJ Fugitive Task Force and Nassau County police in connection with the Feb. 23 assault in Inwood, according to a police statement.

Police say Mr. Pelaez along with his cousin, Erick Pelaez, 27, of North Lawrence and another man, Sergio Acosta, 18 of Inwood, followed the victim home from the Carisma Restaurant in Lawrence about 4:15 a.m., then struck him “repeatedly about the body” as he got close to his house in Inwood.

Manuel Pelaez and the other alleged attackers then dragged the victim behind a house on the street and stabbed him multiple times before fleeing the scene on foot, police said.

The victim was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for “stab wounds to the throat, arms and legs,” according to the police statement. Police did not provide an update on the man’s condition.

Manuel Pelaez was taken into custody and charged with second-degree attempted murder, a class “A-1″ felony, as well as first-degree gang assault, first-degree assault, second-degree Assault — all felonies — and fourth-degree possession of a dangerous weapon, a class “A” misdemeanor. The weapons charge is related to the knife Mr. Pelaez allegedly used in the crime, while gang assault refers to the way the three allegedly attacked the man together, and doesn’t imply the stabbing is gang-related, Nassau police said.

He will be arraigned in First District court in Hempstead Tuesday, police said.

Erick Pelaez and Mr. Acosta were arrested on May 4 and May 31 respectively, and face the same charges except second-degree assault felony, police said.

Erick Pelaez pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment on May 5 and is being held without bail, court officials said. Mr. Acosta was arraigned on July 1, police said.

Mr. Pelaez rented a room in a home on Wilson Avenue prior to his arrest, an owner of the property said Tuesday afternoon.

The homeowner, who gave his name as Julio, said he rented out a spare bedroom in his ranch home to a man who ran a local landscaping business. The landscaping boss would then send some of his employees to live in the room over several months and would vouch for their character, Julio said.

The homeowner said he didn’t know Mr. Pelaez well and that the man had lived in the home for about a month. Julio said he had been told Mr. Pelaez was a good renter by the man’s boss, and didn’t think anything of letting him stay in the house.

The owner said he was shocked when police swarmed his house early Tuesday morning, coming through the door and demanding to see Mr. Pelaez.

“The boss said he was a beautiful guy,” Julio said. “I don’t think so.”


10/20/12 9:00am
10/20/2012 9:00 AM

An 18-year-old from Flanders was charged with assault after he struck another man on the head with a metal object Friday night, Southampton Town Police said.

Trevor Jackson, 18, was arrested about 9:35 p.m., just minutes after the incident occurred at a house on Brookhaven Avenue in Flanders.

The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of an undisclosed injury.

Mr. Jackson was held overnight for a Saturday morning arraignment on charges of second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Police did not say what the metal object was.