LAKE GROVE, NY – Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating a bank robbery that occurred today at a Lake Grove bank.
A man entered the TD Bank, located at 2822 Middle Country Road, at approximately 7:35 p.m., approached a teller and displayed a note demanding cash. The teller complied and the suspect fled on foot, westbound on Middle Country Road.
The suspect, who had the lower half of his face covered with what appears to be a surgical mask, was described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall to six feet tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a red-hooded sweatshirt, covered by a green shirt, and brown pants.
The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
PORT JEFFERSON – Suffolk County Police Homicide Unit detectives are investigating the drowning death of a man found near Port Jefferson Harbor today.
Sixth Precinct officers responded to a beach near Port Jefferson Harbor after a Village of Port Jefferson Constable found the body of Marlon Lewis at approximately 1:45 p.m. Lewis, 28, undomiciled, appears to have drowned.
The investigation is continuing and an autopsy will be performed by the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.
MOUNT SINAI – Suffolk County Police have arrested a man for driving while intoxicated after he was involved in a crash that critically injured a motorcyclist yesterday.
Ronald Starke was traveling eastbound on North Country Road near Mountain Ridge Drive on a 2003 Indian motorcycle when he was struck by a westbound 2002 Subaru Outback operated by Yokito Yoneyama.
Starke, 60, of Mount Sinai was transported via Port Jefferson Volunteer Ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital where he is in critical condition.
Yoneyama, 36, of Rocky Point, was transported via Port Jefferson Volunteer Ambulance to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson where he was treated for minor injuries and released. He was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated.
Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks and the investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information about this crash to contact the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6555.
PORT JEFFERSON STATION – A man driving a 1995 Cadillac eastbound on Route 347 crossed over the westbound lanes and struck a westbound 2011 Honda and a telephone pole near Davis Avenue in Port Jefferson Station at approximately 10:10 a.m. on Sunday. The driver fled on foot but was caught a short distance away by responding officers. The man, Joseph Mango, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Reckless Driving and Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Crash with Injuries. Mango, 27, of Port Jefferson Station, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of his injuries. It is unknown if he is going to be admitted or released into police custody tonight. The Honda’s occupants, a man and a woman, were treated at local hospitals for minor injuries. Mango was arrainged at First District Court in Central Islip on Monday.
SETAUKET – Suffolk County Police rescued three men and are continuing to search for a fourth after a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Setauket Harbor last night. Four men were traveling in a Piper Archer four-seat fixed wing aircraft when the plane began experiencing engine trouble. A student pilot, Austricio Ramirez, was flying at the time the plane began experiencing difficulties and turned the controls over to the instructor pilot, Nelson Gomez.Gomez landed the plane in Setauket Harbor at approximately 11:05 p.m. and all four occupants were able to exit the plane into the water. Three men, Ramirez, Gomez, and Wady Perez, were rescued by Suffolk County Police officers. A fourth man, Gerson Salmon-Negron, 23, of Queens, remains missing.Ramirez, 25, from the Bronx, Gomez, 36, from Queens, and Perez, 25, from Queens, were all transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where they were treated and released. Officers from the Sixth Precinct, officers, including divers, from the Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau, Suffolk County Police Aviation officers, multiple volunteer fire departments, including divers, the Brookhaven Town Harbormaster and members of the United States Coast Guard responded to the incident location.
The search for the missing man was continuing on Sunday. The men had left Fitchburg, Massachusetts and were returning to Republic Airport in Farmingdale at the time of the incident.