Bad Blood at a Gas Station

A 24-year-old man was arrested in Sag Harbor on Friday afternoon after police said he violated a court order and threatened another man with a rubber mallet. 

Tristan Tutching, who lives in Hampton Bays, allegedly threatened Justin Napolillo, 21, of Amagansett when the two came face to face inside the Gulf gas station convenience store, formerly Harbor Heights, on Hampton Street. The two have a troubled past, and Mr. Tutching works as a mechanic in the garage there, unbeknownst to Mr. Napolillo, who did not immediately recognize him, Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Austin J. McGuire said.   

The two had been involved in an incident at Mr. Napolillo’s house in May, when Mr. Tutching struck Mr. Napolillo with his car after dragging his girlfriend out of the house. Mr. Napolillo had allegedly come to the woman’s defense with a shotgun. An order of protection was in place. 

At the convenience store, Mr. Tutching said something to Mr. Napolillo, which he did not hear, though police said the fact that Mr. Tutching spoke to him at all violated the court order. When Mr. Napolillo asked Mr. Tutching what he had said, he replied, “You’re playing yourself ” and “I’m gonna fuck you up.” 

As Mr. Napolillo was walking out the door, which is near the side door to the garage, Mr. Tutching grabbed a rubber mallet and “aggressively made his way toward” him, which made him fearful, the report said. Another employee restrained Mr. Tutching from getting to Mr. Napolillo, Chief McGuire said. 

Police were called to the gas station and arrested Mr. Tutching around 2:30 p.m. He was charged with criminal contempt in the first degree, a felony, menacing in the second degree, a mis­demeanor, and harassment in the se­c­­ond degree, a violation. He was held overnight for arraignment in Sag Harbor Village Justice Court. Justice Lisa R. Rana released him on $500 bail.

In other police news, Michael D. McLoughlin, 26, of East Hampton was arrested on a marijuana drug charge during a traffic stop on Route 114 near Cove Hollow Road on Feb. 17 around 5:15 p.m. Police said he had two large Ziploc bags with a green leafy substance inside behind the driver’s seat of his 2005 Dodge Ram. It was not clear what led to the traffic stop.

The marijuana’s aggregate weight was over two ounces, enough for a charge of criminal possession of marijuana in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor. Mr. McLoughlin posted $250 station-house bail and was released with an order to appear in East Hampton Town Justice Court on March 14.