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Update: Police charge Riverhead man with assault in connection to fatality in early January

Update (Jan. 14): Suffolk County police arrested a 38-year-old man in connection with the death of a Riverside man following an altercation Jan. 2.

Daniel Hughes of Riverhead was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, according to Suffolk police.

Police said Mr. Hughes punched Wayne Sapiane in the head in the area of West Main Street in Riverhead. Mr. Sapiane, 65, died three days later at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.

Mr. Hughes will be held overnight at the 7th Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at Riverhead Town Justice Court on Wednesday.

Mr. Hughes had also been arrested in early December by Riverhead police and charged with resisting arrest and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, both misdemeanors, following a domestic dispute.


Original Story (Jan. 6): A Riverside man died from injuries sustained during an altercation in the Riverhead area, according to Suffolk County police.

Wayne Sapiane, 65, reported to police that he was struck on the head by an unknown white man in the area of West Main Street in Riverhead on Jan. 2. Southampton and Riverhead police both responded to the incident.

Mr. Sapiane, who was homeless but living in Riverside, was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center and later to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he died Sunday, police said.

Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the death. An autopsy will be done by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact detectives at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.