A woman was leaving the Gulf gas station on Hampton Street in Sag Harbor on the evening of July 22 when she saw a young child, visibly upset, running across the road yelling "Mommy" and continuing on the side of the road. Police were called, and ascertained that the child was 4 years old and had been left home alone at 29 Eastville Avenue. He had walked the block to the gas station on his own, he told them.
The house was found empty with the door ajar. The boy's mother was called, and told police she had left him in their apartment to go to work in Noyac. Ruth Loja-Villa, 23, who, an officer noted, has her son's name tattooed on her arm, was taken to police headquarters, where she was released with a ticket to appear in Sag Harbor Court on Aug. 7.
In other police news, Daylin Ulloa of Wainscott, 27, was charged on July 21 with petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, misdemeanors. A report said an East Hampton Town officer was watching outside Cozy Cottages on Montauk Highway, as Mr. Ulloa allegedly removed two New York registered license plates from the front and back of a woman's 2007 Chevrolet Malibu and replaced them with the plates of her nearby 2002 Chevrolet box truck. He will be arraigned in East Hampton Justice Court on Aug. 6.
On the afternoon of July 21, Sag Harbor police spotted a white 2014 Chevrolet Express van with a fractured windshield and stopped it on Joel's Lane. The driver, Fausto Herrera Campos, 24, of Southold, was found to have three suspensions of his license, including one for an alcohol-related offense. Charged with aggravated unlicensed driving, he too will be arraigned on Aug. 7, before Justice Lisa R. Rana.
Another motorist was found by Sag Harbor police to have no fewer than 17 license suspensions, many of them for failure to appear in court and pay fines. Holger Changoluisa, 31, of Brooklyn was stopped Saturday night after making an illegal U-turn on Main Street and zipping into a handicapped parking spot. He was released in the field and arraigned by Justice Rana the next day, charged with aggravated operation, driving on a suspended license, failure to obey traffic laws, and having a child in the backseat who was not wearing a seatbelt.
Town police charged four other people with aggravated unlicensed driving last week.
On the evening of July 19, East Hampton Town police stopped David Hakim, 36, of Aventura, Fla., on Route 27 by Napeague Lane, reporting that his 2020 BMW had been swerving. He was released in the field and arraigned yesterday in Town Justice Court.
Aaron Chaus, 37, of East Hampton was pulled over on Montauk Main Street for a traffic violation last Thursday evening. He will appear in court on Aug. 5.
Christian Berrezueta of Montauk, 35, was also charged last Thursday, on South Euclid Avenue in the hamlet. He too is scheduled for an Aug. 5 court date.
Andrii Boiko, 36, of Brooklyn was charged on Friday night. He was stopped on the highway near South Eagle Street in Montauk, and given the same date in Justice Court.