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Civic Leader Allegedly Struck By Stranger Outside Riverhead Store

Brad Bender said an individual struck him in the head.

A simple trip to Petco to buy a toy for his new pooch turned ugly Saturday, according to Brad Bender, president of the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Civic Association.

Bender said he had just gone left the pet store when he stepped outside and was almost hit by a car that sideswiped him. When he protested, Bender said the man got out of his vehicle and hit him in the head. "I was assaulted," he said.

Bender said police were called to the scene.

According to Riverhead Town police, Frank Maino, 57, of Mastic Beach, was arrested at approximately 3:30 on Nov. 24 and charged with harassment, a violation, after the incident.

For months, Bender has been advocating for enhanced police protection in the Riverside and Flanders area, due to the escalating incidents of crime, drugs, and prostitution.

Vince Taldone December 01, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Knowing that Brad Bender has the knowledge and strength to pummel just about anyone, I am proud that he restrained himself and called law enforcement to deal with the crazy person who assaulted him. Way to go Brad!
Joan Zaniskey December 01, 2012 at 07:42 PM
What a world we live in! Walk out of a store, almost get run over by an aggressive driver and then get punched in the face when you call the creep driver to task. Am happy you weren't further injured and the creep got caught.Way to go ,Brad. keep fighting for what's right. Wish there were more like you..

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