Riverhead Blotter: Two teens arrested in connection with taxi driver assault, robbery

Two teenagers were arrested last week in connection with robbing and assaulting a cab driver in Riverhead, according to police reports.

Tasheria Horsley, 16, of Wading River was arrested last Wednesday at town police headquarters for her alleged involvement in a Nov. 3 incident in which a Moon Light Taxi driver, dropping off a fare near Delores Avenue about 8:30 p.m., was attacked inside the cab by a man and a woman. Her accomplice, Jvon Creighton, 16, of Mastic Beach was arrested five days later, also at police headquarters.
The taxi driver called police soon after the incident, but the two passengers had fled on foot before officers could arrive.

Ms. Horsley and Mr. Creighton were both charged with two counts of first-degree robbery. It was not clear what led police to believe they had been involved in the incident.

• A Riverhead High School student was arrested for starting a small fire at the school last Wednesday.

The school was briefly evacuated shortly before 2:15 p.m. after a piece of paper had been set on fire in one of the hallways, according to authorities.
No one was injured during the evacuation. The student was charged with fifth-degree arson.

Superintendent Nancy Carney declined to identify the student who was responsible.

• Someone stole $4,000 worth of tools from Long Island Truck Parts in Riverhead, according to town police. The theft was reported about 3:30 p.m. last Wednesday.

• A Yonkers man is facing a criminal mischief charge after getting into a verbal altercation with a Baiting Hollow man last Thursday at the Hess mart on Route 25A in Wading River, and then kicking and punching the man’s car, town police said.

John Massaroni, 34, of Yonkers was charged with criminal mischief after the 3 p.m. incident, police said.

• A 15-year-old boy was charged at police headquarters with third-degree assault Tuesday. The arrest was made in connection with a Nov. 19 incident, police said. No further details were available.

• Bricks were reportedly thrown through the passenger-side windows of two different cars in Riverhead Wednesday evening. The first incident, which happened on Northern Parkway, occurred just before 7:30 p.m., and the second incident, which happened on Ackerly Street, occurred after 8:30 p.m.

• A security guard at Riverhead High School discovered a bag of marijuana on the floor in a school hallway Friday afternoon. The incident was reported about 3:30 p.m. No charges have been filed.

• A Riverhead woman was arrested at the Route 58 CVS store Saturday after she tried to stash four bottles of perfumed lotion in her purse and then got into a physical altercation with the clerk who tried to stop her, police said.

Dora Moore, 42, was charged with petit larceny and second-degree harassment, officials said.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.