Man accused of threatening woman with knife at downtown park

(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file photo)
Milton L. Burns Park in Riverhead. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Authorities say a Flanders man is being held in county jail on $5,000 bail after he allegedly pulled a knife on a woman and threatened to stab her near a downtown Riverhead park Monday afternoon. 

The woman was reportedly unharmed, Riverhead Town police said.

The victim told police that Michael Velasquez-Estrada, 29, pulled a silver folding knife out of his pants, unfolded it and pointed it at the woman at about 3:40 p.m. at Milton Burns Park adjacent to Peconic Avenue, according to a criminal charge filed against him in town court.

Mr. Velasquez-Estrada then told the woman, “I’m going to cut you,” according to the charge. He was arrested by Riverhead police and arraigned on a misdemeanor menacing charge.

A mug shot of the man was not available because he was “acting up” after his arrest and refused to cooperate, spitting at officers during processing, a town police detective said.

Mr. Velasquez-Estrada is due back in town court on Monday, where he will be fully processed.

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