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Cops: 2nd Man in 1 Day Beaten During Gunpoint Robbery in Riverhead

The man was struck in the head with a gun, police said.

A second man was beaten Friday during an attempted gunpoint robbery in Riverhead, police said.

According to Riverhead Town police, a man was walking south on Griffing Avenue just north of the railroad tracks at 10 p.m. Friday when he was approached by two black men. One man grabbed him and pointed a handgun at him, police said, with the second man standing at his side.

The man holding the gun demanded cash from the victim, police said. The victim was struck in the head several times with the handgun, police said. No cash was taken from the victim, authorities added.

The two men fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victim was taken by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and released.

The incident was the second gunpoint robbery attempt in Riverhead on Friday. 

Early Friday morning, a man walking to work was beaten with a rock in attempted gunpoint robbery, police said.

According to Riverhead Town police the man, 26, of Riverhead, was at the intersection of Swezey Avenue and Pulaski Street on Friday at 6:15 a.m. when he was approached by a black man and a black woman; the woman pointed a gun at him and the man demanded money, police said.

He was then hit in the face with a rock by the man, causing him to fall to the ground. According to police, the suspect continued to beat the man with a rock while demanding money.

Next, a car passed by, causing the suspects to flee eastbound without getting any cash, police said.

The victim then walked home and reported the incident, police said. He was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of facial, shoulder, and head injuries.

Both investigations are ongoing; anyone with information has been asked to call Riverhead Town police at 631-727-4500 ext. 313 or 321.

Eva June Roberts-Vazquez January 25, 2014 at 09:38 AM
In reading the article above about a "second man beaten in an attempted gunpoint robbery" above, I wondered why the identity of the alleged perpetrators were identified by race. I thought, "Did this practice of specifying race not end a long time ago?"So I googled it, and I found some interesting information. Now I am thinking, "Have I seen recent news articles that say 'A White person is sought for the alleged commission of a crime?`" And then I think "is there a difference in how the article is written, and where it shows up in the publicity based on the ethnicity of the alleged victim? Does the neighborhood affect how the alleged incident gets reported?" Here's the link about race and AP Style for Journalism: http://www.poynter.org/how-tos/newsgathering-storytelling/diversity-at-work/166506/ap-stylebook-updates-entry-on-racial-ids-in-news-stories/ Our community is ... 50 shades of grey, and I think identifying people by alleged race further divides our community. What shade of skin color. A dark hue? A light hue? But all that aside, it is horrible to hear of these gunpoint robberies whoever is doing it, to whomever it is being done, and wherever this is taking place.
Rocky N. Bullwinkle January 25, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Until it happens to you, then, I think, you'd be blurting out their race, the clothes they wore, etc.. And what is "alleged " race anyway? If they were black, they were black, so the cops aren't looking for Asians, get it? And no, describing perps by race doesn't divide a community, it makes it safer. For you, your kids and for everyone. Hope these cowards take a chance with me cause I have something special for them.
ARCH STANTON January 26, 2014 at 05:39 PM
HEY EVA, DOES THIS MEAN THAT YOU WANT ALL POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE ISLAND, TO STOP RELEASING SURVEILLANCE VIDEO AND STILL PHOTOS OF SUSPECTS, BECAUSE THEY IDENTIFY RACE? LUDICROUS, HOW ELSE CAN THE PUBLIC HELP THE POLICE. RACE, SEX, AGE, HEIGHT, WEIGHT, FACIAL FEATURES AND CLOTHING, ALL CONTRIBUTE TO APPREHENDING CRIMINALS.

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