UPDATE: Man held on $50K bail after assault on vet

Monwell Wright, in a mugshot taken in January. (Credit: Riverhead Town police)
Monwell Wright, in a mugshot taken in January. (Credit: Riverhead Town police)

Update: Monwell Wright is being held on $50,000 bail, according to the justice court, after he was arraigned earlier this morning.

According to court filings, Mr. Wright stolr $85 cash and $160 in money orders from the victim, injuring his wrist and forearm in the process.

Mr. Wright is due back in court tomorrow.

Original story: A 20-year-old homeless man with an already long rap sheet was arrested Wednesday in Riverhead in connection to a June attack and robbery of a victim who had also been knocked from his wheel chair during the assault, town police said.

Monwell Wright was arrested on Railroad Avenue in Riverhead, police said, not far from where the June 2 attack occurred near the railroad tracks and Maple Avenue.

Mr. Wright was charged with second-degree robbery, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Additional suspects are still being sought, police said.

According to earlier reports from Riverhead police, the victim was approaching the railroad tracks around 10:30 p.m. that Sunday after leaving the United Methodist Church and making his way northbound. Police said he was attacked from behind by at least a group of four people who struck him with the items, stealing his cash and prescription medications in the process.

The man said the group of men fled on foot, though wasn’t sure in which direction.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is still offering a reward of $5,000 for information regarding others involved, police said. Anyone with information should call 800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Mr. Wright pleaded guilty to three felony charges in March to a January attack for beating someone with a rock during an armed robbery attempt in Polish Town in January. He was expected to be sentenced to six months in jail, prosecutors had said at the time.

It could not be immediately determined what his ultimate jail sentence was, and why he was free by early June.