Cops: Flanders man involved in Hampton Bays Diner assault

A Flanders man was one of two charged with assault after police said he and a co-worker beat up a victim outside the Hampton Bays Diner in the early morning hours on Sunday. 

Police said that they responded to a report of an altercation in the diner’s parking lot about 2:30 a.m. When they arrived, they said they learned that 32-year-old Shawn Diming, of Flanders, and Javon McCravey, 23, of Amityville, both assaulted the victim, causing injuries that were treated by Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance.

Sunday’s incident is just the latest violent incident to occur at the diner, which is embroiled in a lawsuit with the Town of Southampton over its nighttime operations. Owner Frank Vlahadamis is suing the town for singling his diner out, claiming a pattern of abuse, and the man faces up to six months for code violations.

In 2009, a Riverhead man was stabbed and killed at the diner by his childhood friend, who was later sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter.

A group assault was also reported there last March, and another last July, according to Westhampton-Hampton Bays Patch.

On Sunday, Mr. Diming and Mr. McCravey were both charged with the misdemeanor crime and later released on appearance tickets to return to Southampton Town Justice Court at a later date.