Riverhead man accused of beating woman with golf club

Lonnie Pray mug shot (Credit: Riverhead police department)
Lonnie Pray mug shot (Credit: Riverhead police department)

Riverhead police say they’ve arrested the man who pulled a woman from her car on Lewis Street and punched her in the head several times before striking her with a golf club earlier this month.

Lonnie Pray, 53, of Riverhead has been charged with felony assault in connection with the Aug. 17 attack, police said.

According to police reports, the victim told police that a man pulled her from the driver’s seat of a car on Lewis Street about 3:20 a.m. Riverhead police Sgt. Sean Egan said Mr. Pray hit the woman “several times” in the head, including with a golf club; a police report at the time states that the police found a golf club on the road nearby soon after the attack.

The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center to be treated for a cut to the back of her head, Sgt. Egan said.

Cops located and arrested Mr. Pray Tuesday afternoon on West Main Street following an investigation into the assault. He was remanded without bail Tuesday night.

Mr. Pray has a history of convictions for felony attempted drug sales, weapons possession and burglary dating back to 1999, according to online records from the state Department of Corrections. He is currently on parole for his most recent conviction, a felony attempted sale of a controlled substance count dating back to 2010.

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