Riverhead police: Riverhead teen charged in connection with abduction

01/19/2012 8:00 AM |

A Riverhead teenager has been charged in the September abduction of a Mattituck resident from the Empire gas station in Laurel, authorities said.

Southold Town Police charged Anthony Infantolino, 18, with second-degree robbery, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and third-degree assault in the Sept. 1 kidnapping, officials said.

The victim, whose name was not released, told cops in September that he was confronted by three males and an older woman, forced into a white Dodge Neon and taken to a Jamesport address where a fourth male arrived. The alleged assailants then took his cellphone and called his friends and said they would continue to hold him until a stolen ATV was returned. Police said in September that the victim was then stripped of his shoes and cigarettes and assaulted before being forced into the back of a pickup truck and released near Pier Avenue in Riverhead.

Police arrested Elizabeth Bucalo-Lingerfelt, 51, and her son, Conon Lingerfelt, 17, both of Jamesport, and Philip Trentacoste, 18, of Aquebogue in September. Investigators said at the time that other arrests were pending.

Police said that all four suspects are currently awaiting future court dates.

This is not Mr. Infantolino’s first run-in with the law. In November, he was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop on County Road 105, state police said.

• Elver Velasquez-Baley, 32, of Riverhead was arrested last Thursday and charged with driving while intoxicated, state police said.
Mr. Velasquez-Baley was allegedly driving on Route 25 when he struck a Verizon utility box. He was processed and released with a traffic ticket, according to the report.

• An Aquebogue man reported that a shotgun was taken from his Shade Tree Lane home sometime between August 2011 and Friday, Riverhead police said.

The man told investigators a Remington Model 870 20ga shotgun went missing from a locked locker in his home. The locker didn’t appear to be tampered with and was still locked when the gun, worth about $350, was found missing, according to a police report.

Police said the missing weapon was filed into their system.

• A loss prevention agent working for Kmart told police more than $1,400 was taken from the Route 58 store last month by someone using fraudulent returns and purchases of pre-paid “Money Pak” cards. Police are investigating the complaint.

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.