11/07/14 10:14am
11/07/2014 10:14 AM
Empire State Cellars will close at the end of the year. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Empire State Cellars will close at the end of the year. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

After opening up shop in Tanger Outlets in Riverhead three years ago, Empire State Cellars — which eventually became the retail location for Peconic Bay Winery and sold exclusively New York State-manufactured wine, beer and spirits — will close at the end of the year. (more…)

12/31/13 4:00pm
12/31/2013 4:00 PM

A 22-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested last Saturday after being caught purchasing goods at Tanger Outlet Center using counterfeit travelers checks, Riverhead Town police said. Police were called to the Puma outlet store about 6:30 p.m. when they found Idrissa Reaves in possession of at least five counterfeit $100 travelers checks, according to a report.

Upon further investigation, police found Mr. Reaves had successfully purchased goods at Converse and Clarks outlet stores using counterfeit checks, authorities said. He was arrested for second-degree possession of a forged instrument, a class D felony, police said.

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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.

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09/29/13 11:10pm
09/29/2013 11:10 PM


(UPDATE 11:10 P.M.) Riverhead Police confirmed Sunday night that Paul Thompson Jr., the man wanted for stabbing his girlfriend numerous times at Tanger Outlet Center, is in police custody. No further details were immediately available.

(UPDATE 6:30 P.M.) Riverhead police have released a wanted poster as the search continues for a man they say stabbed his girlfriend multiple times at Tanger Outlet Center Saturday night.

(ORIGINAL STORY) Riverhead police are on the hunt for a Calverton man they say stabbed his girlfriend multiple times at Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead Saturday night.

Paul Thompson Jr., 24, of Wooded Way in the Calverton Hills community then forced the victim, whom police did not identify because she is the victim of a domestic assault, to drive him away from the scene following the assault, which occurred shortly after 8 p.m., police said. She eventually escaped from the car near Midway Drive in Riverhead, where she was able to get help at a nearby residence, and he fled on foot.

The 23-year-old victim, who lives in Shirley, was escorted by Riverhead Ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where she is being treated for her injuries, police said.

Police said Mr. Thompson, a 2007 Riverhead High School graduate with ties to the Mastic Beach area, remained at large as of 9 a.m. Anyone with information is asked to call the Riverhead Police Department at 727-4500 ext. 289.

Mr. Thompson is no stranger to the law, according to online records, having two prior motor vehicle-related arrests. He was arrested in Dec. 2012 for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and again in Feb. 2013 for driving while intoxicated. He pleaded guilty in May and was sentenced to five months in prison and five years probation.

An order of protection was also issued against him for five years, according to the online records.

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06/27/13 9:50pm
06/27/2013 9:50 PM

Cordell Tucker was sentenced to 7 1/3 to 22 years in prison.

A Brooklyn man who caused a fatal car accident while fleeing police after a shoplifting spree at Tanger Outlets in 2011 was sentenced to the maximum of 7 1/3 to 22 years in prison today, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

Cordell Tucker, 26, was convicted in May of second-degree manslaughter for the death of a 62-year-old Holbrook woman. A jury also convicted him of second-degree assault, third-degree grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and reckless endangerment.

Today was the two-year anniversary of the crash, Mr. Spota said.

Mr. Tucker, along with two friends, stole $5,000 worth of jeans from True Religion Store in Tanger before leading police on a high-speed pursuit in excess of 100 miles per hour, Mr. Spota said. In West Sayville, Mr. Tucker ran a red light and broadsided Gail Sacher’s car, killing her and critically injuring her husband, Alan.

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06/05/13 11:36am
06/05/2013 11:36 AM


The Mastic man who allegedly threatened to hurt himself and others Tuesday at Tanger Outlets contacted an acquaintance who alerted police to the man’s threats, Riverhead Town police said Wednesday.

Riverhead Detective Sgt. Joseph Loggia said John Medina, 32, voluntarily gave himself up to police when he was approached at the shopping center and told police he “knew what he was feeling was wrong.”

“He’s a veteran who has some issues,” Sgt. Loggia said. “He’s definitely struggling.”

Police were called to the Route 58 shopping complex about 12:45 p.m. and found Mr. Medina at the Tanger Outlet II food court.

Mr. Medina told police he had a machete in his backpack at the time. Mr. Medina told responding officers he wanted to hurt others and hurt himself, police said Tuesday night.

The man never took the machete out of his backpack, Sgt. Loggia said.

Mr. Medina, who works at the Levi’s outlet store in the shopping center, contacted an acquaintance and explained he was having disturbed thoughts, Sgt. Loggia siad. The acquaintance then called the police to alert them to Mr. Medina’s condition.

Mr. Medina was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat, a Class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, and a misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapons charge, police said.

He was arraigned in Justice Court and is being held at the county jail.

“We are thankful that no one was hurt,” said Janine Nebons, the Riverhead outlet center’s general manager. “The incident is under police investigation. We appreciate your patience while the police investigation is underway.”