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Cops: 4 Charged After Gun Fired At Riverhead Home

The house was occupied and children were inside, police said.

Four suspects were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon on Wednesday after police said they shot at a Riverhead home where children were inside.

According to Riverhead police, on Wednesday 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 3rd 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 3rd 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

All four suspects were transported to the Riverhead Police Department, where they are being held for arraignment.

Preliator February 14, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Hand gun huh? Not one of those nasty old 'assault weapons' that Herr Cuomo banned?
oh yeah February 14, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Now this is what bothers me. Instead of adding more restrictions on legal gun owners, increase the penalties on the illegal owners and users. 'Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor" ???? Really, that's all? It should be a felony with a mandatory sentence of at least 10 years. Punish the criminal, not the legal owner!!!!
Preliator February 14, 2013 at 07:19 PM
I wonder if the police asked if they only put seven rounds in the magazines or did they break the law and put in ten? Maybe Fred Thiele can represent them he is an expert on the UNSAFE Act after all.
Walter S February 15, 2013 at 12:24 AM
I'd like to see the judge order the three who are not from east end townships to never enter any of the east end towns again or they would be put right back into jail, make it a part of their sentence. Three of these guys are not even from the east end so they come here to start trouble or even kill someone which was quite a possibility here. I wonder if they're "legal" gun owners? This is precisely why people need to arm themselves. Some dirtbag lawyer will get them off with a minimum sentence so that they can do this again. Looking at the surnames, don't sound like illegals.
jihad appling February 22, 2013 at 04:50 PM
wow thats crazy son
willie February 23, 2013 at 01:25 PM
They should not be put in Prison . They should be released to the victims for 72 Hours . For the victims to do with them as they please. Or given the option of a public hanging. Pay per view Justice is what is needed here. Charge $5 per view of a criminal getting what they deserve. Use the money to fix schools and the roads.
G March 16, 2013 at 09:15 AM
It IS a FELONY with a min sentence of 3 1/2 years WTF?
G March 16, 2013 at 09:17 AM
Yeah lets go back to the barbaric age. Why not the guillotine too while we're at it?

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