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November 01, 2006

On The Beat


A Robbery and Two Assaults

Southampton Town Police arrested Travis Johnson, 26, of Riverhead last Wednesday and charged him with attempted robbery first degree and criminal possession of a weapon third degree. Police allege Johnson approached a gas station attendant at USA Gas Station on Flanders Rd. in Flanders on Wednesday morning, pointed a semi-automatic pistol at the man's head and demanded money. The attendant pushed the gun away and the suspect fled on foot. Suffolk sheriff's deputies located Johnson a short time later on Flanders Rd.; police say the attendant identified Johnson as the assailant.

In Hampton Bays, Thomas A. Speedling was arrested by Southampton Town Police and charged with assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth after he allegedly stabbed a 41-year-old Coram man in the woods near Riverhead Building Supply in Hampton Bays last Thursday. Police say the victim identified Speedling as his assailant. Southampton Police also arrested Marlon Chacon, 20, of Flanders for assault second, harassment second, disorderly conduct and obstructing government administration on October 24 after they received a call about an "out-of-control, violent" subject in a home on Ludlam Ave. in Riverside. Police say Chacon injured a police officer as he was being arrested.

A 35-year-old Hampton Bays man faced stalking and menacing charges after Southampton cops pulled him in on October 14 for repeatedly damaging the belongings and home of a Hampton Bays victim. Two students were involved in an altercation at East Hampton High School on October 24. One minor was pushed against a locker and struck in the face, resulting in an injury requiring 12 stitches; the assailant faces assault three charges.

Drugs & DWIs

Southampton Police arrested a 42-year-old Bridgehampton man last Wednesday for criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh, petit larceny and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. The arrest was based on a long-term narcotics investigation in the Bridgehampton area.

In Southold, Edgar Mendez, 33, of Greenport, was charged with felony DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation, and leaving the scene of an accident on Sunday. Police say he hit a vehicle on SR 25 in East Marion. In East Hampton, town cops pulled in two drunk drivers: a 23-year-old East Hampton man arrested on Montauk Hwy. in Montauk after being stopped for speeding on Friday and a 27-year-old East Hampton man pulled in for DWI after police found him parked on Gardiners Ave, slumped over the steering wheel on October 23. Southampton Town Police report one DWI arrest this week, a 19-year-old Westhampton man, arrested on Sunday on Baycrest Ave. in Westhampton after police observed him speeding. He also incurred a resisting arrest charge.

In other driving related infractions, Southampton Police arrested Italo Javier Chabla Garcia, 22, of Hampton Bays for criminal possession of a forged instrument second, a felony, and multiple vehicle and traffic violations after he was stopped for a traffic infraction on Springville Rd. in Hampton Bays on Sunday. Police say he was in possession of a forged Resident Alien card.

Robbed Rockers and Burgled Boxes

Two rocking chairs worth $3000 apiece were stolen from a Dune Rd., East Quogue abode in a larceny reported on October 22. Two leather coats, valued at $1200 and $900 respectively, an $850 purse and an oil painting of unknown value were stolen from a home on Pine Grove Ct. in Westhampton on October 22. In Hampton Bays, $1000 worth of tools, $435 in DVDs and CDs and $100 in cash were stolen from a Red Creek Rd. residence between October 17 and last Friday; the thief entered through an unlocked basement door. Also in the hamlet by the bays, a $750 TV was carted away from a Lighthouse Rd. home sometime between October 7 and 12.

In East Hampton, a purse containing $3200 in cash and $1500 in jewelry was stolen from a classroom in East Hampton High School on October 23; the owner of the purse was attending a continuing education class there. A $1500 Dewalt generator was whisked away, illegally, from a Gardiners Lane abode. A Dell computer and assorted equipment ringing in at $1700 was snatched from a Sag Harbor Tpk., Bridgehampton home on October 24; a box containing $300 in cash was robbed from English Country Antiques on Snake Hollow Rd. in Bridgehampton between October 23 and 24.

In East Hampton Village, cops charged two suspects with burglary this week. An East Hampton 16-year-old, whose name is withheld because he's a minor, and a companion, Sean Moore, 43, also of East Hampton, face felony burglary charges, along with counts of petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. Cops say the duo broke into a Main Street poolhouse and stole champagne and beer. The burglary occurred sometime between late August and early September.

Additional reporting by Kitty Merrill

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