05/01/14 4:07pm
05/01/2014 4:07 PM
Raul E. Peraza-Guardado

Raul E. Peraza-Guardado

Riverhead Police arrested a Hampton Bays man on Thursday after they said he asked a 15-year-old boy to smoke marijuana with him, offering him money while he was parked near Riverhead schools.

According to police, 33-year-old Raul Peraza-Guardado, who was parked on Harrison Avenue, started a conversation with the boy before asking him to get into his black Toyota SUV.

The boy declined and left the area, reporting the incident to Riverhead Police. Authorities tracked the man down on Thursday.

Police said he was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. He was processed and is being held for arraignment.

Anyone who has been approached by Mr. Peraza-Guardado in a similar manner is asked to contact the Riverhead Police Department at 727-4500. All calls will be kept confidential.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Mr. Peraza-Guardado was arrested on Wednesday. 

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.

04/09/14 12:25pm
04/09/2014 12:25 PM
Curran Lee Kirchner, 32, of Wading River leaving his arraignment Wednesday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Curran Lee Kirchner, 32, of Wading River leaving his arraignment Wednesday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A Wading River man who police say recorded images of a woman for “sexual gratification” is facing a grand jury indictment Friday.

Police say Curran Lee Kirchner, 32, used a video surveillance device to record a 29-year-old female for his own “sexual arousal or sexual gratification,” according to court documents.  (more…)

04/07/14 9:34am
04/07/2014 9:34 AM

An Aquebogue man said an armed burglar broke into his window early this morning and stole $8 in cash from his wallet.

The victim, a Zion Street resident, said that about 4:40 a.m., someone opened his bedroom window, reached inside his front pants pocket, took the money and displayed “some sort of dark colored handgun before fleeing the area in an unknown direction.”

Police are looking for any information anyone may have about the incident. Those who may have seen something can call Detective Hobson at 631-727-4500, ext. 377.

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04/03/14 11:55am
04/03/2014 11:55 AM


Riverhead police have reported the arrest of a South Jamesport man accused of being a serial shoplifter three months after releasing Walmart surveillance images and asking for the public’s help in finding him.

Investigators said they received several phone calls identifying the man as 32-year-old Joshua Georges.

Mr. Georges was arrested and charged with three counts of petit larceny in relation to three separate incidents at the older Walmart store on Route 58, police said. He was released without bail.

Mr. Georges is accused of stealing “assorted electronics” from Walmart.

In January, investigators said that between Oct. 23 and Nov. 15, the suspect entered the store and broke into an electronics cabinet. In one instance, he was seen leaving the scene in a light blue 1994 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck.

03/27/14 3:37pm
03/27/2014 3:37 PM
(Credit: Riverhead Town police)

(Credit: Riverhead Town police)

A Riverhead man accused of robbing a downtown bank recently was arraigned on Thursday afternoon and remains held on a lowered bail in Suffolk County Court, while his wife was on hand to support him.

Robert Santoro, 46, pleaded not guilty to charges of felony robbery and misdemeanor petit larceny.