Two local residents—a 38-year-old Flanders man and a 21-year-old Hampton Bays man—were arrested last week for committing separate sex crimes against minors, according to Southampton Town Police.
Rolando Luque was arrested on Friday, February 15, at his Wood Road Trail home in Flanders and charged with one count each of endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree aggravated sexual abuse, both misdemeanors, police said.
Police said Mr. Luque was arrested following an investigation and that detectives believe he sexually touched an unidentified 5-year-old girl. Police could not confirm if Mr. Luque knew the child he allegedly victimized. They declined to release any additional information, citing the age of the victim.
Mr. Luque was arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court on Saturday, February 16, and remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside without bail.
At 9:17 p.m. on February 11, Bryan Mora of Hampton Bays was arrested by Town Police at police headquarters and charged with one count of possessing a sexual performance by a child, a felony, as well as sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor. Police said the first charge stems from him possessing child pornography.
Town Police said Mr. Mora was arrested following an investigation that was sparked by a complaint filed on April 29, 2012. Police said they could not release any more information about the case, citing the sensitive nature of the case.
Mr. Mora was processed at police headquarters and released on an appearance ticket. He is scheduled to appear at Southampton Town Justice Court at a later date.
Leandra’s Law Arrest
A 33-year-old Sag Harbor man was arrested last week after Southampton Town Police said he drove drunk on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike with three children in his car.
Town Police said they arrested Miguel Saldivar at 8:37 p.m. on February 13 and charged him with aggravated DWI, which was elevated to a felony under Leandra’s Law because he had three minors in his car at the time. His relationship to the children was not explained by police.
Mr. Saldivar was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors, and also ticketed for not having a driver’s license, a violation.
Mr. Saldivar was stopped for speeding while traveling north on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, police said. Arresting officers said he smelled strongly of alcohol and that he failed both a field sobriety test and a breath analysis.
He was arrested at the scene and transported to police headquarters in Hampton Bays. Police notified Child Protective Services regarding the incident.
Three Cars Stolen
Southampton Town Police are investigating three separate car thefts committed over the past week in Riverside and Hampton Bays, and they could not immediately confirm if the three incidents are related.
The first report came in at 6:40 a.m. on February 13 when a Woodhull Avenue resident in Riverside reported that someone stole his 1998 Ford truck in the overnight hours while it was parked in his driveway. The victim told police that the truck was unlocked and that he kept the key in the center console.
The second theft was reported later the same morning when a Hampton Bays resident reported that her white 2005 Chevrolet Equinox was stolen from the driveway of her Fanning Avenue home in the overnight hours. The victim told police that she kept the keys under a seat in the car.
Police said they recovered the woman’s vehicle at 9 a.m. that day on a private road off County Route 104 in Flanders. They said the engine was still warm and that they called in Riverhead Town Police’s K-9 unit, but were unable to locate a suspect. The car was impounded for inspection.
The third report was filed at 6:34 p.m. last Thursday, February 14, when a Riverhead man told Southampton Town Police that someone stole his 2003 Chevrolet Suburban after he left it running at the Valero gas station near the Riverside traffic circle to pay for gas. The victim said whoever took his car was last seen driving north on Peconic Avenue and toward downtown Riverhead.
Police said they are still investigating all three thefts and could not offer any additional information.
Car Break-Ins Reported
Southampton Town Police are investigating three separate incidents in which vandals robbed the contents of four vehicles parked in Hampton Bays last week. Police said it was not clear if the same person is responsible for all the crimes.
The first break-in was reported at 12:30 p.m. on February 13 on Starboard Road in Hampton Bays. A man said that the previous night, an unknown person backed into his driveway and rummaged through the contents of two unlocked cars. The thief, who was caught on surveillance video, stole assorted tools, valued at more than $2,000, and a duffle bag. Police are reviewing the footage.