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Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:41

A 77-year-old man was arrested on Aug. 5 after he struck a woman multiple times with a leather belt and pulled her hair, in front of children, according to East Hampton Town police.

Police received 911 calls at about 11:30 p.m. from children who had locked themselves in a bathroom of Juan Marte-Falette’s Amagansett apartment after seeing him hit the woman with the belt, causing what police described as bruises on her legs and arms. Police did not release information as to the relationships among those involved, classifying it as a domestic violence case.

Officers arrested Mr. Marte-Falette at 12:36 a.m., charging him with two counts of felony assault in the second degree. He also faces two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child, as officers found a 13-year-old and a 3-year-old hiding in close proximity to the location of the assault.

Justice Steven Tekulsky ordered bail at $5,000. Mr. Marte-Falette could not meet it, and was taken to the county jail. Because a grand jury had not indicted him by Friday, he was released on his own recognizance that day, under state law.

A 24-year-old Massapequa man with an extensive history of domestic violence charges was arrested yet again on Aug. 6. Detective Sgt. Dan Toia of the town police said that Pietro Amato had made threats against his wife on July 10, while she was in East Hampton. A warrant was issued here and he was arrested in Nassau County.

Mr. Amato has several cases pending against him in Suffolk County Criminal Court and another in Nassau County Criminal Court, including two charges of felony criminal contempt for violating stay-away orders of protection. Additional charges have since been filed against him in another jurisdiction, Detective Toia said.

Two Montauk men were charged with misdemeanor assault, a few weeks after a fight over a cab in the parking lot of Liars’ Saloon there. Following an investigation, police charged Kevin R. Weiss, 21, and Dylan. R. Lackner, 22, on Aug. 3 and Aug. 5 respectively.

According to their arrest reports, Mr. Lackner and Mr. Weiss repeatedly punched and kicked Cameron Ross, a 28-year-old from Darien, Conn., in his face and head on July 13. Mr. Ross reportedly suffered “substantial pain, swelling, lacerations, and fractures to the nasal bone and left cheekbone.” His alleged attackers fled before police arrived. Both men were released on $250 bail and are to appear in court today for arraignment.

      On Aug. 3 at about 4 a.m., an officer on foot patrol in Montauk noticed Edward R. Reimers, 22, of Centereach, urinating in public on Main Street, near his car, with the door open. When the officer approached, he said, Mr. Reimers made “a furtive movement” toward the back of his car.

As the officer came closer he smelled marijuana and questioned and searched Mr. Reimers, who had a small amount of a white powdery substance in a sealed plastic bag, which he allegedly admitted was cocaine, and which later tested positive for the drug. Mr. Reimers was charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled for arraignment today.

Philip Reynolds Benson, 53, of East Hampton was arrested last Thursday on a misdemeanor forgery charge after he admitted to forging a town recycling permit. Police said he had photocopied his 2018 sticker and made a new one that appeared to be current. He used the fake one at the recycling center on July 30 to avoid paying a fee; however, the employee at the entrance spotted the fake and took the sticker, and Mr. Benson paid the $20. He told police he had planned to use the altered sticker only a few times to dispose of garbage before a roadside collection service began.

He was charged with third-degree forgery and released on his own recognizance. He is due in court on Aug. 29.

Vincent E. Stephens, 56, of East Hampton was found driving with a forged inspection certificate during a traffic stop last Thursday morning. Police said the certificate on his 2009 Ford belonged to a 2016 Toyota. He was released on his own recognizance after being charged with the misdemeanor, and is due in court on Aug. 28.

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