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.”

04/28/13 3:53pm
04/28/2013 3:53 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.

Four people are being held in Suffolk County jail after they were caught stealing nearly $2,000 worth of merchandise from a Tanger Outlet Center store Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

Of the four, a man from Seattle and a woman from Queens are currently being held for immigration enforcement, county jail officials said.

Riverhead Town police were called to the Gap Outlet store about 4 p.m. when a security guard held two women and one man on suspicion of trying to steal items from the store, police said. A fourth person, another man, was found waiting in a nearby Mitsubishi Galant, according to a police report.

Police arrested Lucia Gomez, 34, of Miller Place; Preisila Alverez, 34, of Queens; Carlos Moran-Flores, 24, of the Bronx; and Jorge Mauricio-Astudillo, 38, of Seattle, Wash. at the scene.

It was not immediately clear who was inside the store and who was waiting inside the car.

The four were charged with grand larceny, police said. They were held overnight at police headquarters and arraigned in Riverhead Town court Sunday morning.

Ms. Alverez, Ms. Gomez, and Mr. Moran-Flores are all being held in Suffolk County jail on $10,000 cash bail, jail officials said. Mr. Mauricio-Astudillo’s bail is set at $50,000 cash.

Both Ms. Alverez and Mr. Mauricio will be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers for further investigation after they have answered to their current charges, jail officials said.

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01/14/13 2:58pm
01/14/2013 2:58 PM

GIANNA VOLPE FILE PHOTO | Peconic Bay Winery will now do all its non-member tastings at Empire State Cellars at the Tanger Outlet Center.

Peconic Bay Winery will be closing its Cutchogue tasting room to the general public, but the location will continue to be the site of special events and where the company’s wine will be fermented, bottled and stored, according to general manager Jim Silver.

Mr. Silver said Empire State Cellars at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead — where the company currently sells almost 800 New York wines and some liquor — will soon feature an exclusive space for Peconic Bay Winery products and will also serve as the winery’s retail and tasting room headquarters. Peconic Bay Winery owns the outlet, which it opened about a year ago.

The Cutchogue property will still serve as the location for the Peconic Bay Winery wine club and other private events, as well as food and music festivals.

“A lot of people don’t know what to make of this and some think we are closing,” Mr. Silver said. “We are absolutely not closing our tasting room. We are just changing it and re-purposing the [Cutchogue] property. The biggest crowds came out for the special events and we’re going to keep doing them.”

In a press release, Mr. Silver said the Riverhead tasting room “can accommodate dozens of interested wine tasters each day and the hours of operation are much longer than they are at the winery. We’ll reach a lot more people this way.”

He said though the company laments no longer offering open mic and other frequent events for local musicians, the sound of music will not be leaving the property for good.

Two festivals are already planned with event production company Starfish Junction which puts on such events as the North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards and the Pour the Core hard cider festival held at Peconic Bay Winery in October.

“We’re planning another cider festival for Oct. 5 and I have a meeting in two weeks for a wine-related festival,” Mr. Silver said, adding that the Cutchogue Lions car show will also soon be held at the Cutchogue location.

Mr. Silver said he is currently talking with limo and other private driving companies to make Tanger a stop on the North Fork wine trail.

“On the way out after a day of touring the area, who wouldn’t feel like a little shopping,” Mr. Silver said. “Guys can come have a beer at the bar and girls can check out some of the shops. It’s going to be a fun place.”

Mr. Silver said the North Fork region accommodates about two million people annually, a number he said is growing all the time.

“Our piece of that is 40 to 50,000 and that’s a lot. I think with this move, there will be more traffic to go around to the other local vineyards and will bring loyal Peconic Bay wine drinkers to Tanger,” he said.  “It’s going to be a bit more quiet around here in Cutchogue, but we’re going to keep ourselves just as busy and I don’t think it will end up having too much of an impact.”

Mr. Silver said North Forkers who truly love the Cutchogue location should join the wine club.

“Wine club members come in all the time to pick up their shipments and hundreds of them will show up,” he said. “We’re going to have eight wine club weekends in Cutchogue, so wine club members can have the place all to themselves.”

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