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Punches and a Chokehold

Thu, 10/07/2021 - 06:29

A punch and a lost tooth led to an assault charge Sunday for a Bellmore man. East Hampton Town police said that Stephen B. Johnson was in the Shagwong Tavern in Montauk at 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 18 when he took a swing at a male victim, whom police did not identify, knocking out one of his teeth. Treatment was required, and the man made a police report on Sept. 24.

Mr. Johnson, 24, was released after being processed on the misdemeanor charge. His court date was not available.

Things got tense last Thursday in a basement mechanical room at a Madison Street house in Sag Harbor, when a 27-year-old electrician from Shirley challenged another worker to a fight. What the conflict was about police did not say, but reported that the unidentified victim took two punches to the mouth before his alleged assailant, Christopher N. Eskesen, put him in a chokehold.

Bleeding from his mouth and finding it difficult to breathe or talk, the other man asked a third person in the basement to phone the police. After about 15 seconds, Mr. Eskesen reportedly released his grasp, and the man called 911 himself. A Sag Harbor ambulance, requested by police, arrived and checked the victim for injuries; he said he had none and declined further attention. Mr. Eskesen is to appear in Sag village court tomorrow.

Sag Harbor police also reported the Sept. 27 arrest of Ryan A. Knowles of New York City on a misdemeanor charge of contempt of court. Mr. Knowles, 45, had entered a house he had been ordered not to, and was in a bedroom when police arrived. He was given a future date to appear in the village court.

In East Hampton Town, a felony contempt charge was brought last Thursday against Jorge Pullataxi Saldana, 32, for allegedly violating an order of protection. Mr. Pullataxi's wife, Jennifer Saldana Reyes of East Hampton, had phoned Suffolk County police, which issued a warrant for the man's arrest. Town police found him outside his residence on Oakview Highway in East Hampton, arrested him, and took him to court, where he was arraigned by Justice Steven Tekulsky. County officers eventually came and took Mr. Pullataxi away.

Town police have also released a report on a Sept. 15 felony contempt charge against Sergio Salazar Dominguez, 39, who, they said, should not have been at a Boatheader's Lane apartment that afternoon, much less thrown a propane tank through a window. Police said the damage might run $290 to fix. Justice Tekulsky released Mr. Salazar on $3,000 cash bail.

In a Sept. 22 confrontation at Ruschmeyer's Inn on Second House Road in Montauk, Alexander J. Vavas of Centereach punched Christopher Montalbano in the jaw, according to a police report, and then grabbed him around the neck, forcing him to the ground. Mr. Vavas was arraigned before Justice Tekulsky on a harassment charge and released to await a future court date.

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