A Queens man was arrested on Monday and charged with stabbing another man and severely beating him with a baseball bat in Speonk earlier this month. He was also linked to a “roving” call girl service that would provide sexual favors under the guise of selling perfume, Southampton Town Police said.
Meanwhile, a Queens woman was charged with promoting prostitution in connection with the service, as well as with hindering authorities’ efforts to identify the attacker, who fled.
Marco D. Santos, 26, of Queens, was located by Town Police detectives and the U.S. Marshals in Corona, Queens, shortly before 4 p.m. on Monday and charged with first-degree assault, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.
According to police, Mr. Santos’s victim showed up at the Westhampton Beach Village Police station on January 4 at about 9:20 p.m. with a puncture wound to his torso and a broken arm.
Town Police detectives, said they, with the assistance of New York State Police, determined that a fight had broken out at a house on North Phillips Avenue in Speonk a short time earlier.
The victim, who had traveled from Queens with three women, had gotten into an argument with an unknown man on the property about whether the victim was welcome at the home. It quickly escalated into a physical fight involving the bat and a screwdriver. The victim was rushed to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he required surgery, more than 100 stitches and extended hospitalization. An investigation into what happened was difficult at first because there was a language barrier between police and the victim, police said.
Reina Nieves-Agirre, 41, of Corona, Queens, was arrested at 1:44 a.m. on January 5 at police headquarters and charged with third-degree promoting prostitution, a felony, as well as second-degree obstructing governmental administration and making a punishable false written statement, both misdemeanors.
Police said she tried to mislead investigators in an attempt to hide that she was promoting prostitution.
Ms. Nieves-Agirre provided girls to perform oral sex and other sexual favors under the guise of selling perfume for a “perfume party,” police said.
The prostitution ring would travel to its clients’ homes. “Crime is changing,” Lieutenant Lisa Costa said. “[Criminals] deliver to your house.”
Mr. Santos was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $7,500 bail following an arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court, while Ms. Nieves-Agirre was released after posting $8,000 bail following her arraignment in the same court.