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A Week After Shooting, No Suspects, Leads

Town Supervisor Sean Walter suggests residents not walk alone at night.

A week after shots were fired at a Riverhead home -- the second such shooting incident in Riverhead in February -- police are still searching for suspects.

"Currently there are no new leads or suspects," Riverhead Detective Sergeant Joseph Loggia said Wednesday. And, he added, of the two incidents involving gunmen who took aim at Riverhead homes where residents were inside, "The two incidents cannot be connected at this time."

Some residents took to social media to express concern about the shootings.

Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said caution should be exercised by residents downtown.

"We're doing everything we possibly can," he said. "Obviously, people should be cautious when walking alone at night -- they shouldn't be walking alone at night."

But, with additional police patrols stationed downtown, Walter said, "There are more police officers downtown than probably any other area in the Town of Riverhead. If you don't feel safe walking to your car in a parking area, it's not difficult to find a police officer to help you."

The supervisor said police are actively involved in the investigation to "resolve this issue."

On Feb. 26, a second home was shot at within two weeks in Riverhead.

Riverhead police said the home where shots were fired may have been targeted.

"I believe there is a reason the home was targeted," said Riverhead Detective Sergeant Joseph Loggia Monday morning. "What the reason is, we do not know at this time."

"We don't believe it's random," said Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller.

According to Riverhead police, on Feb. 26 at 11:29 p.m., a report came in from residents on East Avenue in Riverhead that someone was shooting at their home.

 Additional reports indicated that an armed individual had also broken into the residence.

Responding units arrived on the scene and located several shell casings on the ground near the exterior of the entrance. 

At the time of the incident, the home was occupied by two adults, a 15-year-old male, a 12-year-old boy, and a five-year-old girl.

No injuries were reported.

Police described the suspects as two black males wearing masks who fled on foot prior to police arrival. The suspects were allegedly armed with an unknown type of gun. A search of the area for suspects yielded no results.

The incident is the second shooting at a Riverhead home in a month: Four suspects faced a grand jury indictment in Riverside last week after allegedly shooting at a Riverhead home in February.

According to Riverhead police, on Feb. 13 at 8:53 p.m., police units in the Roanoke Avenue area heard what sounded like "rapid gunfire" coming from the area of 3rd Street.

One of the units, police said, observed what appeared to be a tan Ford Taurus leaving the Third Street area; the officer followed the car.

A traffic stop was initiated on Peconic Avenue and police found four occupants in the vehicle.

Additional units, police said, responded to the Third Street area and were notified by an occupant of a home on the street that someone had just shot at their house. The house was occupied by several adults and young children at the time.

Empty shell casings were found in the roadway in front of the home, police said.

All four occupants of the vehicle were placed under arrest after officers said they observed similar shell casings on the floorboard of the vehicle. Police said while the suspects were being placed into custody, one of the individuals was found to be in possession of a loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

A search of the vehicle revealed similar spent shell casings, police said.

Police arrested Jeffrey Despeines, 21, of Centereach, and charged him with reckless endangerment in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and in the third degree, all felonies.

Also arrested was Eric Baldwin, Jr., 18, of Bellport; he was charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor. Jordan Harrell, 18, of Medford, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree; Jasmine Parsons, 19, of Riverhead, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree.

Anyone with information is asked contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS, Loggia said.


 

MARK TUTHILL March 07, 2013 at 01:36 PM
WOW... I FEEL BETTER NOW THAT OUR SUPERVISOR PUT THAT STATEMENT OUT THERE FOR ALL SHOPPERS COMING TO RIVERHEAD TO SPEND MONEY, NOT TO COME ALONE. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. HE JUST PROVES THE POINT THAT YOU DONT NEED ANY BRAINS AT ALL TO BE A POLITICIAN IN RIVERHEAD. THAT GOES FOR THE WHOLE CREW.
Robert March 07, 2013 at 02:12 PM
The cops are too busy chasing drunks instead of Real Criminals!

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