03/07/14 4:14pm
03/07/2014 4:14 PM
Monwell Wright, in a mugshot taken in January. (Credit: Riverhead Town police)

Monwell Wright, in a mugshot taken in January. (Credit: Riverhead Town police)

The 20-year-old homeless man arrested for beating someone with a rock during an armed robbery attempt in Polish Town in January has pleaded guilty to the three felony charges against him and is expected to be sentenced to six months in jail, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

Monwell Wright admitted to two counts of attempted armed robbery and one count of assault related to the incident on Jan. 24 in Judge William Condon’s court Thursday morning, according to online court records. A misdemeanor assault charge was covered as part of Mr. Wright’s plea, the records show.

Judge Condon will likely sentence Mr. Wright to six months in Suffolk County jail with an additional five years probation, said DA spokesman Robert Clifford. The DA’s office will recommended a higher sentence of two years imprisonment plus two more years of post release supervision, he said.

Mr. Wright remains held on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

During Mr. Wright’s arraignment last month, Assistant District Attorney Michelle Chiuchiolo said Mr. Wright and a girlfriend attacked the victim while the man was walking on Sweezy Avenue on his way to take the train to work about 6:15 a.m.

After knocking in his victim to the ground with a rock, Mr. Wright continued to beat the victim, demanding cash, until a vehicle drove by. Police said Mr. Wright and the woman fled without any of the victim’s money.

Prosecutors said the victim needed several stitches to close up a wound on his face and identified Mr. Wright as his attacker. The 20-year-old was arrested by police one day after the attempted robbery.

While prosecutors at his arraignment said Mr. Wright may have played a role in a second robbery about the same time, he has not been charged with any additional crimes.

Police have not reported arrests of either Mr. Wright’s alleged girlfriend or the robbers in the second assault.

Mr. Wright is scheduled to be sentenced on April 11, according to online records.


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…)

11/27/13 9:56am
11/27/2013 9:56 AM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Two people were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center Wednesday morning after a sedan rear-ended an SUV in Aquebogue.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Two people were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center Wednesday morning after a sedan rear-ended an SUV in Aquebogue.

Riverhead Police said two people were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for precautionary purposes when a man driving a Volkswagen Passat rear-ended a woman driving a Honda CR-V near the intersection of Main Road and Union Avenue in Aquebogue at 9 a.m. this morning.

An officer at the scene of the collision said the driver of the Honda CR-V was waiting to make a left turn onto Union Avenue when the driver of the Volkswagen Passat glanced down to pick up his coffee and rear-ended the Honda CR-V.

Neither driver was injured in the collision, Riverhead Police said.

Traffic was moving well at the scene of the crash at 9:30 a.m.


10/03/13 8:52pm
10/03/2013 8:52 PM

Over $4,000 worth of pumpkins were stolen from a farm in Baiting Hollow earlier this week, Riverhead Town police said.

A farmer at Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm alerted police about 2:30 p.m. Monday that 600 pumpkins had been stolen from the Sound Avenue farm, according to a report.

The pumpkins were valued at $4,200, police said. Police are investigating.

08/30/12 4:46pm
08/30/2012 4:46 PM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A woman was hospitalized after a two-car crash on Route 58 Thursday afternoon

A woman suffered non life-threatening injuries after a minivan carrying her and four children struck an SUV on Route 58 in Riverhead Thursday afternoon.

The woman’s gray Dodge Grand Caravan driven was heading east on Route 58 about 3:45 p.m. when it struck a northbound black Chevy Trailblazer whose driver was trying to make a left turn onto Route 58 at Northville Turnpike, police said.

The four uninjured children in the car were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center with the mother because there was no other guardian to take care of them, according to police; the driver of the SUV was unharmed.

Firefighters were called to the scene to redirect traffic; the road completely reopened about 4:15 p.m.