Men Face Host Of Charges

A Springs man has been held in county jail since his arrest early Sunday morning, unable to post the $10,000 bail set by East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana later that day.

Mario A. Betancur, 31, a man who has faced a string of charges in East Hampton, is now facing a charge of criminal mischief as a felony and several misdemeanor charges. Police reported that his arrest followed a dispute with Josephine Barrera in a Manor Lane North residence. Ms. Barrera, whose three children were issued orders of protection against Mr. Betancur in Suffolk County Family Court two weeks earlier, told police Mr. Betancur had destroyed her iPhone 7Plus when she tried to dial 911, leading to the felony charge.

Three misdemeanor charges are on alleged violations of the Family Court orders, two misdemeanor charges are on alleged criminal mischief, and he also was charged with harassment as a violation. He is scheduled to be released on Thursday unless an indictment is obtained by the district attorney’s office, as required by law.

Mr. Betancur has 36 separate dockets in the court files, some going back to his teenage years. The charges range from traffic infractions to arrests on felony charges of burglary and criminal possession of stolen property. He also was charged at least twice with violating the terms of probation.

Another arrest this week followed a traffic stop by an East Hampton Town police officer on Cedar Street early Monday. Jeremy Lewin Brandes, 27, the driver, was charged with possession of cocaine as a felony. According to police, he had concealed over 500 milligrams of it in the car. “There is something in the vehicle,” he is quoted as telling the arresting officer. “It is cocaine. It’s under the duct tape in the passenger side door.”

Mr. Brandes told East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky during his arraignment later Monday that he is from Manhattan and is in East Hampton for the season to work at a local restaurant. He posted $500 bail.

Another Manhattan man arrested Monday was Zachary C. Curtis, 37. Sag Harbor Village police alleged that he groped a teenage girl while in the Flying Point Surf Boutique on Main Street. Police had received a call from the store. Minutes later, another call was received, reporting that someone was harassing passers-by on Long Wharf. It turned out to be Mr. Curtis, who reportedly told police he was just “people watching.” He was charged with two misdemeanors, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse. Mr. Curtis was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for a mental evaluation after police reported that he had said he intended to harm himself.