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Suffolk County Police Department

West Babylon,NY: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at approximately 3:15 p.m.

Suffolk County Police responded to a crash that occurred at a 7-11 in West Babylon this afternoon. An 87-year-old woman drove a 2006 Hyundai Sonata through the 7-11 located at 915 Straight Path at approximately 3:15 p.m. The car went through the front window and pinned a male customer to the cash register counter. The customer and male employee inside the store were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip with non-life threatening injuries.

Holbrook,NY: Saturday, August 25, 2018 at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Suffolk County Police Fifth Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed two people and injured another person in Holbrook last night.

Jose Perez was driving a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe westbound on Woodside Avenue when he lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway and crashed in a wooded area at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Perez, 45, of Patchogue, and Luis Antonio Banegas, 39, of East Patchogue, a passenger in the backseat of the vehicle, were transported via ambulance to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue where they were pronounced dead.

Carlos Sarmiento, 34, of Patchogue, a passenger in the front seat of the vehicle, was transported to Long Island Community Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Fifth Squad at 631-854-8552.

 

Bellport,NY: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at approximately 5:40 p.m.

Suffolk County Police Fifth Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed a motorcyclist in Bellport today.

Tyler Joseph LeBron was riding a 2004 Suzuki eastbound on Montauk Highway when he lost control of his motorcycle, crossed over the highway and struck a utility pole at approximately 5:40 p.m.

LeBron, 23, of Mastic, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

 

Location: Central Islip and Hauppauge, New York

Date: Monday, March 12, 2018

Suffolk County Police arrested three volunteer firefighters for setting fires in Central Islip and Hauppauge during a four-month span.

Following an investigation by Arson Section detectives, with the assistance of the Central Islip Fire Department, Austin Lehman, Stephen Hernandez and Shawn Key were arrested in connection with fires intentionally set at abandoned houses between October and January. All three are members of the Central Islip Fire Department. No one was injured in any of the fires.

The three were charged in connection with fires at:

  • 82 Gates Ave. in Central Islip on October 21 at approximately 6 a.m.
  • 104 Vanderbilt Ave. in Central Islip on October 24 at approximately 5:20 a.m.
  • 173 Gibbs Road in Central Islip on November 7 at approximately 5:50 a.m.
  • 43 Oakdale Ave. in Central Islip on November 22 at approximately 2:20 a.m.
  • 475 Bridge Road in Hauppauge on January 14 at approximately 3:40 a.m.

Hernandez, 25, of 62A Ridgewood Ave., Central Islip, and Lehman, 19, of 74 Vanderbilt Ave., Central Islip, were charged with five counts of Arson 3rd Degree for their involvement in all five fires. Key, 27, of 10 Chuck Blvd., North Babylon, was charged with Arson 3rd Degree for the fire on November 22.

The three were scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on March 13.

 

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