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

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

Screen shot 2013-12-11 at 11.55.18 PMA 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. Following questioning, his home on Osborn Avenue was searched by authorities, where they said they found guns that were used in the robbery.

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.