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Manhunt For Hit-And-Run Driver Expands; Cops Say He Got Assistance Fleeing

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Colleen Reynolds   Jul 25, 2012 10:41 AM
Jul 25, 2012 12:06 PM

The U.S. Marshals Service has taken the lead in the manhunt for a 30-year-old worker suspected in the hit-and-run death of a Roman Catholic nun in Water Mill more than two weeks ago, now that he is believed to have fled New York State.

Southampton Town Police detectives late Friday revealed the suspect’s identity as Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay, a 5-foot-7-inch tall, approximately 140-pound Guatemalan native with dark brown or black hair and brown eyes. He remains at large, is said to move about five times per night and, according to Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa, could be headed for the U.S. border with Mexico. Authorities have narrowly missed—by minutes—nabbing him at least twice, they said.

“He will be taken into custody eventually,” Southampton Town Police Chief William Wilson Jr. said this week. “It’s just a question of when.”

Police said on Friday they believe Mr. Ixpec-Chitay received assistance in getting transportation out of the area, but they declined to say by whom.

Mr. Ixpec-Chitay is accused of driving a 2009 Volkswagen Touareg owned by his employer, businessman Andrew Zaro, who has a home near the accident scene on Rose Hill Road, at about 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 9. He then struck and killed 59-year-old Sister Jacqueline Walsh of Syosset, ditched the SUV about a half mile away in a Crescent Avenue driveway, and absconded. Police said he had a previous arrest for DWI and is believed not to have a valid driver’s license.

The victim, known as Sister Jackie, a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas order, was walking along the roadway when she was killed. She had been on a religious retreat at the Mercy Villa retreat house, just one property north of where police found her body. Thousands turned out for her wake and burial in Nassau County nearly two weeks ago.

Mr. Zaro, the owner of a waterfront estate on the southern tip of Rose Hill Road, recently retained legal counsel, Sag Harbor attorney Edward Burke Jr., for what Mr. Burke said will likely be a civil case against his client stemming from his ownership of the vehicle involved in the fatal crash.

Mr. Burke said that Mr. Zaro, who was in New York City at the time of the fatal accident, has been cooperative with police, that he did not help Mr. Ixpec-Chitay escape, and that he encouraged his employee to surrender. Mr. Burke said he does not expect Mr. Zaro to face criminal charges in connection with the case.

Police have declined to comment on whether Mr. Zaro has cooperated with the investigation.

Det. Sgt. Costa said police have not ruled out filing other charges in the case but declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation.

Although police said they identified Mr. Ixpec-Chitay as the suspect shortly after the crash, they did not release his name and photograph—a mugshot from a prior DWI arrest by Suffolk County Police, taken about six years ago—until Friday, 11 days later, citing investigative reasons.

Chief Wilson said this week that the decision to withhold that information was a joint decision by multiple agencies—one he supported.

Once the suspect had been identified by investigators, the chief explained, several tips and leads on his whereabouts were obtained, and all the agencies involved—in addition to the U.S. Marshals and Town Police, the Suffolk County district attorney’s office, New York State Police and Suffolk County crime laboratory are in on the case—determined there was more value to following up on those leads and tips than releasing his name and picture to the public.

“What happens is, when we release a name and a mugshot to the public, we receive hundreds and hundreds of tips that all have to be followed up on. Our resources are finite,” the chief said, noting that he believes that most of those tips would have proved false. “We were getting good information from various sources as to his whereabouts. Unfortunately, we were not able to take him into custody before he fled the area. … We had really good intelligence on him.”

Releasing the name and photo sooner would have made the suspect leave more quickly, he said, adding, “Our responsibility is to the sister and her family, not to the media.”

On Tuesday, Suffolk County Crime Stoppers announced it was offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to Mr. Ixpec-Chitay’s arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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Tragic, but his fleeing was certainly not unexpected! It appears justice will never be served for this horrible, avoidable accident-turned-crime. Harriet Tubman herself would be quite impressed with our nation's most recent underground railroad.
By HBPatriot (19), Hampton Bays on Jul 20, 12 12:00 PM
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I should say, she would be impressed by how well it functions, however sickened by its purpose.
By HBPatriot (19), Hampton Bays on Jul 20, 12 12:09 PM
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Now we get to hear from the peanut galllery.......arm chair experts and fans of Law and Order telling us how it should have been done.
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Jul 20, 12 12:18 PM
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May I suggest how it should NOT have been done??
By loading... (279), quiogue on Jul 20, 12 2:41 PM
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At some point it would be worthwhile to know why it was deemed beneficial to not release his name and photo, because it seems that doing so would have facilitated his capture. There may have been good reasons for not doing so, but what were they?
By Funbeer (91), Southampton on Jul 20, 12 4:15 PM
You just can't make this stuff up.
The poor judgement on the part of the police is staggering. Lets let the guy flee the state/country, and then we'll release his name and photo. Brilliant strategy. Cops now say they may release his photo/identity "soon" Who gives a crap at this point? The guy is gone!!
Nice work.
By GlassHouses (29), anywhere on Jul 20, 12 12:21 PM
The police had a lead from jump and didn't need 800 phone calls in the first day to waste their dwindled resources on. If the police didn't know who it was, and where he should be located, than the release of photos would have been an option. Otherwise, sifting through a bunch of calls that sound like "I think I saw him working down the road" is just counterproductive.
By banina81 (11), Sag Harbor on Jul 21, 12 10:16 AM
banina81, your post is on the 12th day after the accident. Maybe the PD has a "jump" on the suspect at the very beginning, but didn't that advantage fade out after a day or two?

Plus you are assuming that the "bunch of calls" from the public would have been counterproductive.

What about a call from a relative or friend who knew EXACTLY where the suspect was. How could this person have known that his or her friend/relative was wanted, if they did not know WHO THE SUSPECT WAS, or ...more
By Nero (167), Sag Harbor on Jul 21, 12 12:05 PM
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The poor judgement on the part of the police? Let him flee the state/country.....Im sure thats exactly what they did. From all the articles they are using every resource possible to find this POS from Suffolk Crime Scene, State PD and now the US Marshals....they know who he is, probably with ties to the community so them do there job before you throw stones.
By mrobin (96), North Sea on Jul 20, 12 12:26 PM
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and the reward for rolling on this guy was how much ?
By lazymedic (99), southampton on Jul 20, 12 12:33 PM
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Who is protecting whom here? The name and photo should have been released immediately. Big SNAFU!
By auntof9 (60), Southampton on Jul 20, 12 12:56 PM
This animal needs to be hunted down and brought to justice. Even if the US Marshals have to get on a plane to Guatamala. Why aren't there photos of this guy anywhere - they could be posted all over the country and put on the internet. Eventually someone will see him and can contact the police. I am starting to wonder if he is being protected by someone, or if the local cops here just dropped the ball on this case. Unacceptable.
By SisBoomBonacker (91), Hamptons on Jul 20, 12 1:05 PM
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>> "Even if the US Marshals have to get on a plane to Guatamala."

Really? Just what sort of jurisdiction do you think the Marshals Service has?

This is a really strange case. The unnamed individual is employed by someone with influence in very high places, and probably is being guided in this by some white shoe law firm with offices in major cities around the world. The Southampton Town Police and the Southampton Press are probably over-matched here and proceeding with the greatest ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1269), Northampton on Jul 20, 12 1:33 PM
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Marshalls have the authority to work overseas, but must be accompanied by/work through local law enforcement. FBI cannot work in Latin America, at least not armed in a law enforcement capacity. DEA, by treaty, is allowed to work in an armed law enforcement capacity in some Latin American countries.
By Funbeer (91), Southampton on Jul 20, 12 4:19 PM
We all have many questions regarding this tragic issue. However, we still have
lost a beautiful human being who gave her life to God to be run down is unacceptable -- the excuses that have been provided do not help us rather
they hurt us!!! Those that have connections know how to take advantage of the system! Question: After they find this person of interest, will they arrest
or send him home??? What responsiblility does the owner of the vehicle have?
By East Ender (64), Southampton on Jul 20, 12 1:13 PM
Zaro tried renting his home for 400K for two weeks recently, uses over 13.5 million gallons of water at his Rose Hill Rd residence...this story sickens me as I have a personal connection to the Sisters of Mercy. Justice for Sister Jackie!
By BaymenNYC (38), Manhattan on Jul 20, 12 1:35 PM
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I'm shocked.
By C Law (288), Water Mill on Jul 20, 12 2:02 PM
I'm guessing no, he did not have a visa which Mr. Zaro was full aware of and should be held accountable for.
By johnj (230), Westhampton on Jul 20, 12 2:06 PM
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And, no driver's license according to an earlier article.

Someone posted: "The unnamed individual is employed by someone with influence in very high places, ..." Very true. Another posted: "What responsiblility does the owner of the vehicle have?" Good question, and it's mine also. Could the Press look into it?

By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jul 20, 12 2:46 PM
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none if he claims the driver was unathorized and the vehicle was "stolen"
By Nature (2594), Hampton Bays on Jul 20, 12 3:51 PM
Not releasing his photo immediately = Incompetence. It should have been posted all over. At all airports, bus stations etc... Although he was likely in a hired car paid for by Mr. Zaro.

Keystone cops and kangaroo courts are only amusing in a non-fiction capacity.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Jul 20, 12 3:11 PM
Water consumption data? Relevant to the fleeing suspect? I suspect not.
By ba (44), speonk on Jul 20, 12 3:19 PM
It's relevant because the man is a wealthy, wealthy man and that means power.
By BaymenNYC (38), Manhattan on Jul 20, 12 3:46 PM
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If only there had been a reward reward reward reward
By Lets go mets (95), Southampton on Jul 20, 12 3:35 PM
Reward for what? A un-named suspect with no photo id. Or 30 year old white hispanic with spiked hair.
By EastEnd68 (833), Westhampton on Jul 20, 12 4:01 PM
They will probably never get this guy. So much time has gone by already. He has had too much time and opportunity to disappear.
By Mrs.Sea (203), Sag Harbor on Jul 20, 12 4:33 PM
Other than the fear of some sort of vigilantism (well-founded or not), has anyone offered a decent rationale for witholding the photo and identity as soon as the police acquired it?
By Good Ground (24), Hampton Bays on Jul 20, 12 4:35 PM
Something is very fishy here, why a wealthy millionaire would have to lend his personal SUV to this person that for the references above is an undocumented illegal alien ?
By YXZ (29), Hampton Bays on Jul 20, 12 5:19 PM
Many Summer people or "Cityits" as we are referred to tend to keep an extra SUV that stays at the house, often used by our fine Latino house staff, to run errands and such.
By Summer Resident (87), Manhattan on Jul 21, 12 12:39 AM
Citidiots ..har har/funny stuff here in the comments!
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LOL'ing AND LMFAO'ing
By david h (321), southampton on Jul 21, 12 2:45 PM
Well since everyone is guessing at this point I would like to throw my two cents in. My guess is the police didn't release the name and photo of the suspect because they wanted to keep him in the area..I'm sure they had a lot of leads and questioned a lot of his friends. Well that didn't work but it took him awhile to blow town. If they did release his name and photo would that have helped in finding him? I'm sure he was not walking the streets and the people that know him obviously are not talking ...more
By Tuckahoe Ted (25), southampton on Jul 20, 12 5:21 PM
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so, instead of 5000 people knowing his name and seeing his picture, about 200 law enforcement people did. What about the front page of Newsday, inside the Daily News and Post? This doesn't pass the smell test. This is a manslaughter case of a Nun who was run down in the street like a dog. Where's the outrage? And we're just getting the picture now? Unbelieveable.
By lazymedic (99), southampton on Jul 20, 12 5:31 PM
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They won't find him if he's out of the country already. It's July 20th, the woman was hit on the 9th. That's an awfully big gap in time. If he wasn't considered dangerous based on a criminal record, his photo and name should have been released before today. There's more to this story.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jul 20, 12 5:37 PM
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Does anyone know how many minutes went by between the killer's call to Zaro and Zaro's call to alert the police that a woman lay dying on the side of Rose Hill Road? Zaro did call the police, didn't he? Who else did Zaro call over the next 24 hours?
By SusieD (108), Southampton on Jul 20, 12 5:57 PM
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And this is why all undocumented persons need to be accounted for.
By theprogram (30), east quogue on Jul 20, 12 6:12 PM
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By xtina72 (7), East Quogue on Jul 20, 12 6:41 PM
Another fine example of illegal aliens committing crimes against the people of the United States, while the police and government look the other way because the rich and powerful, like Mr.Zaro, want them here for the cheap labor. Meanwhile we have to deal with the crime and our communities being turned into foreign countries. If Justice actually still existed in this country, Mr.Zaro would be charged with harboring and employing illegal aliens, which used to be considered a major crime in this country!
By PineBaron (6), Westbury on Jul 20, 12 8:28 PM
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As goldenrod points out, the time gap between this horrific crime, and the release of the suspect's name and photo, is eleven days.

Chief Wilson has been quoted in other articles as saying that there were legitimate investigative reasons for not releasing the name and photo, and hopefully the Press and Ms. Reynolds will ask the Chief what these reasons were. Now may not be the best time for him to tell us, but someday he must IMO, if his credibility as "the buck stops here" Chief of Police.

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By PBR (4365), Southampton on Jul 20, 12 8:35 PM
Legitimate investigative reasons, sure, when there is a law there is a loophole, legitimate reasons to find one, it is.
By YXZ (29), Hampton Bays on Jul 21, 12 7:47 PM
Will any of the many newspapers running this story take the time to have the articles translated and run in the local newspapers of the suspects home town and country for that matter, along with his name and picture? Considering he comes from a very religious country, perhaps the fact he killed a nun may make him a pariah even among his own people. Is there a reward for his capture set up yet? There must be someone in his country in need of money.
By SLCSouth (8), Southampton on Jul 20, 12 9:30 PM
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I find it kind of ironic that there is so much outrage over what was a accident. The Catholic Church has been aiding and assisting these illegals for years now, but now people are outraged cause they lost a nun. When did the Catholic Church apologize for the thousands of people who have been injured or killed by these illegals driving drunk with no licences or insurance? Maybe if they werent so quick to defend them and assist them so that they contribute money to that corrupt institution, then these ...more
By jim (27), hampton bays on Jul 20, 12 10:22 PM
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HOW MAY DAYS, WEEKS HAS IT BEEN TO SEE THIS PICTURE?!!! The PAID police have done this Sister an injustice!!!! Dis-fking!!! Any person without the wealth or connections would have been in custody THE SAME DAY!!!!
By LI native (64), east moriches on Jul 20, 12 11:28 PM
STOP THE INJUSTICE!!!! Employing illegals, hiding them, or just hiding behind your wealth, STOP THE INJUSTICE!!!
By LI native (64), east moriches on Jul 20, 12 11:31 PM
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Will any of the many newspapers running this story take the time to have the articles translated and run in the local newspapers of the suspects home town and country for that matter, along with his name and picture? Considering he comes from a very religious country, perhaps the fact he killed a nun may make him a pariah even among his own people. Is there a reward for his capture set up yet? There must be someone in his country in need of money.
By SLCSouth (8), Southampton on Jul 21, 12 2:02 AM
It seems he called Eddie Burke Jr, just like LIzzie Grubman did.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jul 21, 12 9:38 AM
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By EastEnd68 (833), Westhampton on Jul 21, 12 10:07 AM
Eddie Burke is hooked up with the Courts ever hear of Judge Burke?
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Jul 21, 12 8:14 PM
Eddie Burke - son of Town Justice Burke. Also, landlord to Supervisor Throne-Holst. But hey, it's a small town... these kinds of coincidences are inevitable... right? Bueller? Bueller?
By Nature (2594), Hampton Bays on Jul 23, 12 9:10 AM
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If I wrote for the old Law and Oder tv series, here is how i would rip this story from the headlines :

A wealthy NYC man with connections and foreign employees gets a little drunk or high and gets involved in a fatal car accident in the Hamptons. He calls his house and has one of his employees pick him up after he ditches the car. He then offers the guy a large amount of money if he leaves the country while taking the blame for the accident. Then the man stalls on giving his employee's ...more
By btdt (281), water mill on Jul 21, 12 1:19 PM
BTDT: A very interesting take on this event. It does make one think.
By Tennyson (74), Quogue on Jul 22, 12 8:23 AM
Does HHS's suggestion below, of a Witness Protection Program aspect here, add anything interesting to the Law and Order screenplay now in the works?
By Nero (167), Sag Harbor on Jul 22, 12 10:33 AM
I am starting to think the above comment may turn out to be true in this case. Someone who was very connected was able to stall police and stall the release of this guy's name & photo, and it looks like this was done in order to give him enough time to leave the country. It takes a huge amount of cash to pull something like this off. So now the "suspect" is able to buy a new house in Guatamala and live like a king! It also takes a huge amount of cash to have Ed Burke defend. Time for the NY Post ...more
By SisBoomBonacker (91), Hamptons on Jul 21, 12 4:50 PM
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Money it's a crime
Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie
Money so they say
Is the root of all evil today
Roger Waters
By loading... (279), quiogue on Jul 21, 12 5:34 PM
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R.O.M.A.

Radix Omnium Malorum Avaritia.

"Avarice is the root of all evil."
By Mr. Z (6254), North Sea on Jul 23, 12 4:25 PM
Burke is no more expensive than any other good lawyer
By EastEnd68 (833), Westhampton on Jul 21, 12 5:39 PM
The one connection to explore is Mr Zaro's support for our Town Supervisor-I'm sure she was involved or at least ok'd the delay and other police action.
By EastEnd68 (833), Westhampton on Jul 21, 12 5:43 PM
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something's rotten in Southampton, this SMELLS of cover up, and not to mention Mr. Zaro "cooperated" with the police, BWAAAAAAHAHAHA!!!! Lawyer speak, LOL!!!
By just breath (82), yuck on Jul 21, 12 7:43 PM
Sorry people he is gone! next.
By YXZ (29), Hampton Bays on Jul 21, 12 7:44 PM
The headline is not very fitting. It should be more like, " Police finally identify hit and run pos.
By Lets go mets (95), Southampton on Jul 21, 12 10:21 PM
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OK, cops, you've told us his name and posted his photo. Now tell us why you delayed for s-o-o-o-o-o-o-o l-o-o-o-o-o-o-ng. Is he in the Witness Protection program?. It's hard to imagine another justification that doesn't indicate serious impropriety.
By highhatsize (2124), East Quogue on Jul 21, 12 10:31 PM
Frank Lautenburg the US Senator is Zaros brother in law any more questions?
By chief1 (1330), southampton on Jul 22, 12 2:33 AM
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Keep letting illegals in......Ya'all come now hear!.....All you Obama voters have blood on your hands cause more of this will be happening thanks to our new amnesty program......Our country is going down the toilet.........
By steve457 (22), southampton on Jul 22, 12 11:16 AM
Steve......most of the undocumented came here when Bush II was president, and they came here and were hired by American businesses and the wealthy.
The Conservatives need to come to grips with that reality.
By SHNative (541), Southampton on Jul 22, 12 12:14 PM
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HHS, why don't you just ask the Chief?
Chief,please elaborate, jst because of the relationship with a politician, there is something amiss?
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Jul 22, 12 11:48 AM
Illegals were here long before Obama and Bush II-I remember hiring one in 1991 to do my tennis court.
By EastEnd68 (833), Westhampton on Jul 22, 12 12:42 PM
OK....that is my point.
You are clearly a right leaning individual who knows the town as well as anyone and you know that people and businesses hire the undocumented and save on the labor.
Conservatives like to blame Democrats for this issue but will not hold businesses accountable for unlawful hiring.
Conservatives need to come to grips with that reality.
By SHNative (541), Southampton on Jul 22, 12 10:20 PM
Not so fast SH. Judging from Eastend’s previous posts she is apparently a Bishop supporting critic of illegal immigration - a phenomenon not much seen around these parts.
By Captn America (4224), Southampton on Jul 23, 12 9:03 AM
Hey Cptn.....
My point was that you (and other Conservatives) like to blame the Democrats for the undocumented, when it is the businesses who are really keeping them here. When are you all going to start going after businesses who hire non-citizens?
If they have no work, they will all go home at no cost to the taxpayer.
By SHNative (541), Southampton on Jul 23, 12 4:08 PM
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Not until the freebies are eliminated, at a huge savings to the taxpayer. Illegals are expensive.
By loading... (279), quiogue on Jul 23, 12 10:12 PM
USCIS raid at Gurney's Inn ???
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Jul 24, 12 7:59 AM
Hey SH... I'm well aware what your intended point was, however, your message and starting premise were way off. You are preaching to the choir and will find the vast majority of "conservatives" (and apparently a few left leaners too) would like more enforcement toward businesses who hire illegals. You seem to fail to understand that the failure of going after business who hire illegals is a two way political street and not just a right failure - it's both. There is little to no recourse for going ...more
Jul 24, 12 8:15 AM appended by Captn America
I for one don't blame democrats for the illegal problem, but do think they use them as political pawns more so than the right..
By Captn America (4224), Southampton on Jul 24, 12 8:15 AM
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By Mr. Z (6254), North Sea on Jul 24, 12 2:05 PM
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By Mr. Z (6254), North Sea on Jul 24, 12 3:04 PM
Pathetic.
By Mr. Z (6254), North Sea on Jul 24, 12 3:13 PM
This tragedy is do to a lack of leadership at all levels! Whether if it's in the police department,all levels of government , or in the business community. If an employee ,friend , even a child were involved in creating this horrible accident. Then a person in a leadership role would have brought this young man to the authorities and made him answer for this! Unfortunatley all involed will have to answer this when they meet their maker! The good lord almighty!
By The Gipper (11), Sag Harbor on Jul 22, 12 12:46 PM
Sister Jacqueline Walsh died two weeks ago today.

The silence from the authorities is DEAFENING!

Have they received any meaningful tips since they released the suspect's photo and name on Friday?

Will they update us on the current status of this case?

Will Chief Wilson ever detail the legitimate "investigative reasons" for waiting 11 days to release the name and photo?

Hopefully Ms. Reynold and the Press will not shirk the Fourth Estate's duties to air ...more
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Jul 23, 12 9:05 AM
Calling Eddie is the right thing to do. Jason Kidd also called him. Very honest fair treatment.

Originally posted: Westhampton Jul 21, 12 10:07 AM
By EastEnd68 (833), Westhampton on Jul 23, 12 9:06 AM
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By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Jul 23, 12 9:50 AM
Great - now we get the photo - after he's left the state. This is such a sad tragedy - in more ways than one. While I know our churches teach us to forgive & forget, I really do not believe they could have ever imagined a crime such as this. Who knows if Sister Jackie could have been saved if this criminal called 911 before his boss. How much time went by between the accident and the first call to the police? We need to change some laws here. Too many good people are dying because of selfish, ...more
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Jul 23, 12 10:32 AM
Where did they get this photo? was he arrested here before? what a shame? he can trun, but he can't hide forever regardless of where he goes, someone is always watching and knows your every move. I pray Sister Jackie rests in peace.
By ShadyGrady (7), East Hampton on Jul 23, 12 3:33 PM
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There are only two ways off the East End by land. The third way off the island is by boat, and the fourth by air.

Why were there no roadblocks? Why were there no checkpoints to pass?

They let this guy slip away. Nothing will change that.
Jul 23, 12 3:51 PM appended by Mr. Z
AND, if Burke is in contact with him can we not trace the cellphone signal? Subpoena the carrier for the FCC ID, or subpoena Eddie and use the connection next time he makes contact.
By Mr. Z (6254), North Sea on Jul 23, 12 3:51 PM
A suggestion was made above that there may be a Witness Protection Program aspect to this. At the time, this suggestion seemed to have been made in jest. Hmmmmm? Just sayin' . . . . . it has been two weeks . . . . . .
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Jul 23, 12 4:07 PM
This is just damnably odd, isn't it?
By Mr. Z (6254), North Sea on Jul 23, 12 4:11 PM
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so..... a roadblock. on two major roads. For how many days? Looking for ....... a hispanic male?? Hey GREAT idea !!! And we can use satellites and submarines too !!! Your screen name should be Einstein !!
By CaptainSig (431), Dutch Harbor on Jul 23, 12 7:31 PM
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well considering the nature of the situation, do you think people would mind being inconvenienced for a couple of days?

heck you can even call on the air national guard to help out. again considering the nature of the situation I don't think they would mind either...
By Mr. Z (6254), North Sea on Jul 24, 12 8:15 AM
mr Z do I think people would mind being inconvenienced for a couple of days? Yes they would- refer to the story re the accident on 39. this is a no win situation, a lose-lose, and something about having cake and eating it yada yada
By CaptainSig (431), Dutch Harbor on Jul 25, 12 6:48 AM
So, a man is allowed to flee after killing a woman in the street, because people would not like being inconvenienced? That has to be one of the most pathetic things I have ever heard. Like, in my top five pathetic.

Just for reference, I really don't believe in a "no win" situation.

Redefining the "problem", helps alot...
By Mr. Z (6254), North Sea on Jul 28, 12 10:50 PM
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By SisBoomBonacker (91), Hamptons on Jul 23, 12 4:33 PM
The police did the best job they could with the information they had at the time. There was no cover-up, etc. The end to this story.
By EastEnd68 (833), Westhampton on Jul 23, 12 4:33 PM
This story has only started to unfold IMO.
By Nero (167), Sag Harbor on Jul 24, 12 6:28 AM
It is spelled "CIDIOTS", you cityodz!
By Vikki K (56), Southampton on Jul 23, 12 5:28 PM
Dipthongs are beautiful.

Citdiots!!
By Mr. Z (6254), North Sea on Aug 14, 12 4:32 PM
And that's not a mugshot of that guy either, with that grey background In the photo.
By Vikki K (56), Southampton on Jul 23, 12 5:31 PM
Of course thats a mug shot. The guy has two priors according to the NY Post one being aggravated unlicensed driver. The drivr license law and citizenship laws were made for a reason.e
By chief1 (1330), southampton on Jul 23, 12 9:16 PM
That's defintely not a mug shot
By EastEnd68 (833), Westhampton on Jul 23, 12 10:03 PM
A reward two weeks later? When will the chief explain the reasoning for this delay?
By chief1 (1330), southampton on Jul 24, 12 7:48 AM
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Quite possibly the most embarrassingly backwards search ever.
By Lets go mets (95), Southampton on Jul 24, 12 9:43 AM
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No doubt this case file has already found shelf space in the STPD vaults alongside the non-flammable "Molotov cocktail" incident, the local mother-of-two arrested for terrorism for taking photographs of the old Huey on exhibit at Gabreski Airport, and the incarceration of the motorist who disobeyed STPD orders to abort her attempt to drive her friend (in the process of bleeding out from a gunshot wound) to the Emergency Room.

Come to think of it, all those case files are now at the Suffolk ...more
By highhatsize (2124), East Quogue on Jul 24, 12 10:45 AM
Tinfoil (I really am liking my new moniker for you):

The "incarceration of the motorist who disobeyed STPD orders to abort her attempt to drive her friend (in the process of bleeding out from a gunshot wound) to the Emergency Room." took place in East Hampton - but nice try attempting to pin that one on the STPD.

The arrest of Nancy Genovese @ Grabreski was conducted by the Suffolk County Sheriff's office (http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Westhampton/225871/Woman-says-trespassing-arrest-at-Air-National-Guard-base-was-misunderstanding). ...more
By Nature (2594), Hampton Bays on Jul 24, 12 2:52 PM
to Nature:

Sorry, for my mistake. Substitute the decision to deploy the STPD SWAT team to suround a house in which an unarmed, despondent, solitary man had sequestered himself. Dumb decisions by the STPD are plentifully abundant so that no one need poach on a neighboring jurisdiction.

It was an off-duty, bored STPD lieutenant who reported the "suspicious" behavior of the local mother of two photographing a tourist attraction that started the whole Gabreski terrorist farce in ...more
By highhatsize (2124), East Quogue on Jul 24, 12 3:52 PM
Yea you're right - let's never use an overabundance of caution. What could go wrong? I'd rather have a trained professional report suspicious behavior and have it be processed through the proper channels than assume everything is on the up-and-up. Are you blind to what just happened in Colorado? The killer booby-trapped his apartment and rigged a stereo to go off in the middle of the night which would garner noise complaints and cause the police to investigate in the hopes of killing police ...more
By Nature (2594), Hampton Bays on Jul 24, 12 4:06 PM
the $$$$ in police budget mostly goes to salaries The $$$$ in fire dept budget mostly goes to equipment/buildings. Visit your local firehouse and then take a look at the PD dump
By CaptainSig (431), Dutch Harbor on Jul 25, 12 6:55 AM
This mind boggles me. A woman was killed. The car was found. The driver known. Yet- this seemed like the time to take a backwards approach? I understand not wanting the village to run after this guy with torches, but really, weeks later, we see his face, and then a week after that we are asked to help? Who's running this operation, Grant Wiggins?
By bchgrl83 (52), Westhampton Beach on Jul 24, 12 11:25 AM
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One speculates that the police were advised the perpetrator of this involuntary manslaughter, being connected to the wealthy owner of the vehicle who could and should be charge as an accessory to the crime, were urged to allow him to turn himself in. And that backfired. Just a guess.
By Vikki K (56), Southampton on Jul 24, 12 11:36 AM
Don't forget the files for the SHT cop accused of rape (related to Danny Pelosi-good selection process) or the retired Lieutenant who lied to the DA (Armstrong).
By bayarea (38), hampton bays on Jul 24, 12 11:46 AM
15 days and counting of a very pregnant silence from the authorities IMO.

Does the offering of the reward suggest that the trail has gone cold?
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Jul 24, 12 2:47 PM
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By AmericanPieHole (54), Southampton on Jul 25, 12 9:04 AM
Oh please.  The guy has left the country with some extra spending cash and a one-way ticket, thanks to his well-connected boss.  He'll come crawling back to US soil once things calm down, and boss man can claim a tax write off.
By **HBQueenBee** (37), Hampton Bays on Jul 25, 12 9:37 AM
Apparently illegals and those that aid and abet them are beyond the reach of the law.
By AmericanPieHole (54), Southampton on Jul 25, 12 9:50 AM
queenbee is wrong about the tax write-off
By EastEnd68 (833), Westhampton on Jul 25, 12 10:36 AM
Maybe Zaros contacted the George Clooney character in Michael Clayton.
By bayarea (38), hampton bays on Jul 25, 12 11:41 AM
New article out at 12:06 PM. Link on Home Page at top.
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Jul 25, 12 12:52 PM
Thanks to the Press and Chief Wilson for the update. Time will tell if the continuing decision to withhold the suspect's name and photo for 11 days was a sound one.
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Jul 25, 12 1:03 PM
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Why, did u know him. NO ! Hey Pabst Blue Ribbon, all u do is complain and act like an expert on everything. U can't be to sharp, ur always on this site !
By carson (78), southampton on Jul 27, 12 12:01 AM
May we at least anticipate that THE PRESS will have what was once known as "a hard-hitting editorial" in tomorrow's newsprint editions?

It would be good to help many of us understand why there appears to be a news blackout with this on-going story.
By Frank Wheeler (1269), Northampton on Jul 25, 12 1:04 PM
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The plot thickens. Thank God the US Marshals got involved and are onto his scent. Two burning issues still hang over the head of officials in this town - why the delay in releasing this man's photo & name, and who helped him flee. This is not going away, even WHEN the Marshals get him - which I believe they will.
By SisBoomBonacker (91), Hamptons on Jul 25, 12 2:06 PM
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See the text below RE: Mr. Burke and Mr. Zaro. It really makes you wonder WHY Mr. Zaro (who was out of Town when the incident happend) would retain Mr. Burke (at this point I think we are all aware of who Mr. Burke is). The claim below is in reference to a possible civil case, BUT what case would that be? All Mr. Zaro had to do was state that he never gave permission for the suspect to use his vehicle. The car was stolen - therefore there's no liability. Surely Mr. Zaro is smart enough to know ...more
By Nature (2594), Hampton Bays on Jul 25, 12 2:39 PM
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Let's face it this guy is in Central America with new phony ID
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Jul 25, 12 3:25 PM
Isn't it against Federal Law to knowingly employ an illegal immigrant?
By crusader (247), East Quogue on Jul 26, 12 8:22 AM
So 1- He is illegal 2- we are looking to keep him here in our country to put him in jail with a roof over his head, warm meal and a bed (not mattress on the floor like they usually use) all this by using our tax dollars again. Forget him, let him go back to his country. Its worse then our jails here and it isnt costing us a dime. Catching him is not going to bring peace nor a life back. Its not like the old days an eye for an eye... now that would be justice.
By SHTownHB (45), Hampton Bays on Jul 26, 12 10:23 PM
if it was anyone else without the trust funds, or connections, they would be in jail THAT night!!!
By LI native (64), east moriches on Jul 28, 12 1:14 AM
As of tomorrow afternoon, it will be three weeks since Sister Jacqueline Walsh was killed in this hit-and-run in once-bucolic Water Mill.

The silence from the authorities is still deafening.

Hopefully Chief Wilson will have an update early this week on the status of the case, and will begin to detail the legitimate "investigative reasons" for waiting 11 days to release the suspect's name and photo, a decision which is becoming more questionable day by day, or should we now say ...more
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Jul 29, 12 7:20 AM
Now it is official -- 3 weeks and counting.

Apparently the suspect has fled the country, and is nowhere to be found?
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Jul 30, 12 10:12 PM
Where is the Catholic Church regarding this situation???? I am still outraged
that no further information is forthcoming regarding this issue. A life lost and
no accountability! Question: WHO WAS ACTUALLY DRIVING THE CAR at
the time of the accident??? Hopefully, the SH Press will have news soon!
By East Ender (64), Southampton on Aug 1, 12 2:43 AM
This week's print edition of the Press contains an excellent editorial on p. A14 (available this evening at 7/11).

The final paragraph leads off with a stinging indictment of the decision to wait eleven days before releasing the suspect's name and photo:

"But this was a 'pass/fail' situation, and the pursuit failed. The confidence [that existing leads would pan out] seems now to have been misplaced, and looks more and more like hubris."

Please buy the Press and read the ...more
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 1, 12 7:12 PM
The Press has a perfect hindsight record
By EastEnd68 (833), Westhampton on Aug 1, 12 9:01 PM
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The fourth work week since Sister Walsh was left to die on the side of the road has now ended.

There have been no substantive updates from Chief Wilson on the whereabouts of the suspect, and no indication of how and when the wheels fell off the investigative car.

If the decision to delay releasing the suspect's name and photo was made by higher-ups, the time for a full "mea culpa" is fast approaching IMO. The silence to-date is deafening.

Monday evening will mark full ...more
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 4, 12 7:31 AM
Now it is official -- four weeks and counting.

Rest in Peace, Sister Walsh.
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 6, 12 5:32 PM
Next Monday will mark the FIFTH week since Sister Walsh was left to die on the side of the road.

Hopefully the authorities are in the process of finding the suspect, and bringing him to justice..

It is difficult to imagine, however, why they cannot update us on the status of this, and why the Press has not followed up on its editorial label of "hubris" to describe the authorities' 11-day delay in releasing the suspect's name and photo.

Regarding yesterday's tragic crash ...more
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 10, 12 2:51 PM
Just on the radar screen: a link to an article dated 8/1/12 with an update from the authorities (at top left of this page under photo). Quoting from the article:

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"The U.S. Marshals Service, which had taken the lead on the manhunt, has not returned requests for comment.

"Southampton Town Police Sergeant Lisa Costa did not reply to several questions emailed to her this week, including whether the suspect is believed to ...more
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 11, 12 5:15 AM
if they put out his picture, name AND the $5000.00 reward the day it happened, I bet he would have been brought in by some of his "relatives", or "friends".
By just breath (82), yuck on Aug 12, 12 12:37 PM
The suspect left a Catholic nun to die on the side of the road, and ran like a coward!

Ditto to just breath's comment above. IMO at least one of the suspect's friends and family would have been horrified by this crime, and would have turned him in immediately, probably even without the reward. (This assumes he did not have any enemies who would have jumped at the chance to rat him out.)

But for the authorities to wait 11 days to release the photo and ID boggles the mind.

Sgt. ...more
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 12, 12 1:26 PM
in reading the post i bet none of u are long time residents or else u would KNOW a cover up when u see 1.
By summertime (492), summerfield fl on Aug 12, 12 2:46 PM
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Sister Walsh was killed five weeks ago this evening, and left to die on the side of the road by the hit-and-run driver.

RIP
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 13, 12 5:31 PM
can you imagine how much this is costing, when they could have put the picture, name, and reward out THAT day, and the person would have been captured? Very interested in what the police have to say about keeping this information from the public...
By just breath (82), yuck on Aug 14, 12 2:21 PM
TODAY A DOG HAS A $25,000. reward within two days. Sister had a $5000. reward three weeks later....
By LI native (64), east moriches on Aug 17, 12 12:09 AM
Weekend homework! Sister Walsh was left to die on the side of the road on a Monday evening, and today marks the end of the sixth work week available to the authorities to find her killer.

LI Native and just breath make a good points.

Where is the outrage about this injustice?

The last statement from the SHT PD on August 1st (over two weeks ago) was basically a "leave us alone" brush-off IMO.

Moreover, the Press has apparently not followed up and insisted that ...more
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 17, 12 1:05 PM
Is there an update? What is actually being done to find this fellow in Central America, if he indeed was the one who did it. The fact that his name and photo were not released right away smells like influence was involved. Maybe things are not as they appear. Could it be that someone else was driving?
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Aug 17, 12 2:28 PM
goldenrod,

Via the "Contact Us" tab at the top right of this page, you can navigate to the email addresses of the publishers, editors and reporter regarding the growing pregnant silence here.

If more concerned citizens began to ask questions, might we learn more?

PS -- The email addresses of Chief Wilson and Supv. Throne-Holst are available on the SH Town web site.
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 17, 12 4:01 PM
The suspect abandoned Sister Walsh's body six week's ago this evening.

The Press appears to have abandoned her as well.

The curious silence from the authorities continues in this, the SEVENTH work week of the "investigation."

What gives?
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 20, 12 8:17 AM
Now it is official -- dead body abandoned on side of road six week's ago.

The silence continues from the authorities.

Mind boggling IMO -- both the lack of outrage here, and the dearth of follow-through from the media to challenge Chief Wilson and Supv. Throne-Holst to comment publicly in detail about this investigation and the decision to wait eleven days to release the suspect's name and photo.
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 21, 12 1:40 PM
WHEN CONNECTED DICTATE TO THE LAW, WE HAVE PROBLEMS. This would NEVER have happened to someone who DIDN'T have connections..You will never admit, but in your mind you know you f'd up. The KILLER has got away, or has he....
By LI native (64), east moriches on Aug 26, 12 2:13 AM
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Labor Day will mark two months since Sister Walsh was abandoned to die on the side of the road.
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 26, 12 4:04 AM
Now 7 weeks after Sister Walsh was killed.
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 28, 12 3:44 PM
anyone else bothered by the fact that they're only offering a $5,000 reward to find the man who killed the nun, but they're offering $27,000 to find the person who threw a pitbull puppy out a car window? Something is wrong here...aren't people's lives just as important as dogs?
By ShelleyB (18), East Hampton on Aug 28, 12 3:49 PM
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The print edition of the Press contains only fleeting references to the hit-and-run (p. A3) in an article on fatal traffic accidents this summer (... "suspect . . . remains at large . . . has eluded capture . . . ").

Chief Wilson and Supv. Throne-Holst commented on a number of other accidents or traffic problems, but there are NO official comments on this hit-and-run.

Nothing about the 11 day delay in releasing the suspect's name and photo.

Nothing about the status of ...more
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 30, 12 5:29 PM
(cont.)

. . . TWO MONTHS during which the authorities have been looking for the suspect.

No indication that the Press has even asked the Chief or Supervisor for comments in this regard.

Were they asked to comment and refused?

Let's get to the bottom of this sordid affair.

What's up? !!!

Rest in Peace, Sister Walsh.
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 30, 12 5:34 PM
The list of the summer's tragic accidents is now a separate article.

Guess which one is still unsolved, and the suspect remains at large?
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 31, 12 4:19 PM
http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/East-End/435853/Fatal-Accidents-From-Late-April-To-Mid-August-2012-in-Southampton-and-East-Hampton?message=posted
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Aug 31, 12 4:19 PM
It has now been 8 weeks since Sister Walsh was left to die on the side of the road.
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Sep 4, 12 1:42 PM
Two full months, and still waiting for the authorities to update us.
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Sep 11, 12 7:17 AM
New article out this evening.
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Sep 11, 12 7:04 PM
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