UPDATED: 18-Year-Old Charged with Attempted Murder, Held on $500K Bail

According to Riverhead Police, Juan F. Soyos-Pixtun was also involved in a separate shooting on Thursday; he was charged with attempted murder and is being held at Suffolk County Jail.

Riverhead Police have arrested an 18-year old Riverhead man on charges of second-degree attempted murder and assault after a shooting on Thursday night led them to the same suspect in the unrelated last week. He was arraigned Friday morning and remanded to Suffolk County Jail and is being held on $500,000 bail.

Police said Juan F. Soyos-Pixtun shot a 20-year old Riverhead man with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun Thursday night around 10:21 p.m. near Marcy Avenue and Pulaski Street. Police arrived to find the victim on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper leg, according to Lt. Robert Peeker. Witnesses at the scene told police that Soyos-Pixtun was the shooter, according to a police statement. The man's wounds were described as "non-life-threatening," police said.

Peeker added that an investigation revealed Soyos-Pixtun as the shooter in what they said was an unrelated incident last Friday night, when police said downtown outside the on West Main Street at about 10 p.m.

On Friday, Soyos-Pixtun, of Phillips Avenue in Riverhead, was arraigned for both incidents at Riverhead Town Justice Court. He was charged with second degree-attempted murder, second-degree criminal possession of a firearm and first-degree criminal use of a firearm in relation to the incident on Thursday. Soyos-Pixtun was also charged with second-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a firearm for the Nov. 4 shooting.

Peeker said the assault charges were upgraded to attempted murder in Thursday's Polish Town shootings because of evidence that Soyos-Pixtun threatened to kill the man.

"During the statement taking process it was clear that … this guy wanted to kill the guy last night," Peeker said. The incidents are not thought to be gang-related, Peeker said.

He added that he was unsure if the victims knew the suspect, and didn't know what caused the shootings.

Surveillance footage from the night of the first shooting allegedly show Soyos-Pixtun in an altercation with the victim inside the moments before the shooting, though no audio exists on the tape, said Riverhead Police Detective Robert Boden.

"Right after the verbal altercation, [the suspect] walks out and the victim walks out right behind him," Boden said, adding that the shooting occurred soon after the two stepped outside. The victim told police he had seen the suspect around before, but said he didn't know him well, Boden said.

Police were they were unsure of Soyos-Pixtun's citizenship status.

Boo November 12, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Leslie I agree. You said it all. There are so many of us who are sick and tired of being overrun. We are starting to make our voices heard and I bet that more and more people are going to ignore the "you're a racist" comments and come forward. I'm not a racist but I don't care anymore if that's what some want to call me. Our country is becoming a cesspool and since the government has turned its back on middle class americans we will have to stand up for ourselves.
Paul Squire November 13, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Leslie, according to our Terms of Use profanity is forbidden. You are welcome to resubmit your comment after removing the profanity. For more info, please read here. http://riverhead.patch.com/terms Thanks, -Paul
leslie November 13, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Sorry for the profanity please repost with the pofanity out would appreciate it and I just neede to vent sincerly apoligize for that
Paul Squire November 14, 2011 at 07:27 PM
Not a problem, just be sure to read the Terms next time before posting. Again, you're welcome to repost a comment, but I'm unable to post for you. -Paul
John Pine January 07, 2012 at 08:48 AM
I ask why can't the town of Riverhead do anything about these dangerous men in the community? I see them congregate in and around downtown and to tell you the truth, I avoid the downtown area as much as possible and just stay along Rt.58. Everyone in town is fed up with the illegals and no matter who is running the town it seems they are always catered to. How many town officials are bribed by companies that hire them to look the other way? They bring nothing good, just crime, disease, and basically no respect. Sean Walter says he wants to run the criminals out of town, he can start with Railroad Ave and the many illegal rooming houses in that vicinity!


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