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Cops: Burglar Choked, Punched Victim In Riverside

In other Southampton police reports, a Riverside man allegedly ran from cops and tried to hide drugs.

Editor's Note: The following information was supplied by the Southampton Town Police Department. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate convictions.

Driving While Intoxicated

• Gregorio Vazquez, 51, of Flanders, was arrested Jan. 1 at 3:40 p.m. on Priscilla Avenue in Flanders and charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree-alcohol related, a felony. Police said Vazquez was pulled over for failing to maintain his lane and found to be driving drunk. His vehicle was impounded due to a prior DWI conviction, according to the arrest report. He was additionally charged with being an unlicensed driver, a violation.

• Juan C. Martinez, 32, of Riverhead, was arrested Jan. 5 at 12:25 a.m. on Flanders Road in Riverside and charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, as well as moving from his lane of travel unsafely, a traffic infraction. Police said Martinez was pulled over for not staying in his lane and was found to be driving drunk.

Drugs

• Anton Gerard Mack, 22, of Riverhead, was arrested Jan. 6 at 1:23 a.m. on Bellows Pond Road in Flanders near the intersection with Flanders Road, in Hampton Bays, and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a felony, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.  Police said Mack was pulled over for turning left without signaling. According to the arrest report, the strong odor of burnt marijuana was coming from the vehicle and Mack, upon being asked, showed the marijuana to the police officer. A search turned up more marijuana, plus cocaine and ecstasy, police said.

• Terence S. Fuentes, 41, of Riverside, was arrested Jan. 1 at 12:45 p.m. on Maynard Street in Riverside and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor, and a parole violation. Police said Fuentes was “observed in a high drug traffic area and was questioned for his motives. According to the arrest report, Fuentes ran but was found getting into the passenger side of a vehicle an attempting to hide a prescription bottle containing Xanax and hydrocodone under the seat.

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

• Carl Graves, 53, of Riverhead, was arrested Dec. 31 at 1:30 p.m. at police headquarters in Hampton Bays and charged with failing to register as a sex offender, a felony. Police said Graves, who was arrested by Amityville police, was drinking in public and turned over to Southampton’s custody.

Burglary, Assault

• A 37-year-old Riverhead man was arrested Jan. 5 at 4:47 a.m. on Ludlam Avenue in Riverside and charged with burglary in the first degree and assault in the second degree, both felonies, and criminal obstruction of breathing, a misdemeanor. Police said he entered the victim’s home and punched the victim in the head and face numerous times. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment. Patch is witholding the suspect's name because police said his arrest was related to a domestic incident.

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