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Second Arrest Made In 230 Elm Brawl

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Colleen Reynolds   Sep 20, 2011 4:08 PM
Sep 21, 2011 1:05 PM

Southampton Village Police made a second arrest last week in connection with a large brawl that broke out during a private party at 230 Elm on Labor Day weekend.

A police officer on routine patrol last Wednesday morning, September 14, spotted village resident Andrew Porrata, 21, riding his bicycle on Miller Road. Mr. Porrata, they said, had several active charges against him stemming from the 230 Elm incident in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 3.

That morning, several fights broke out at the Elm Street catering hall, where a crowd of 300 was assembled, and police discharged pepper spray in an effort to tame and disburse the crowd after they said verbal commands to calm down were not followed. One police officer was injured during the incident, and another Southampton man, Michael N. Lacy, 20, was arrested after officers said he riled up the crowd.

According to Southampton Village Justice Court documents, at about 3:50 a.m. that Saturday, Mr. Porrata urged many people to “engage in tumultuous and violent conduct of a kind likely to create public alarm.” He refused to leave 230 Elm after being told several times by police to do so and hurled obscenities at the crowd and the police, which caused the crowd to continue fighting and converge on the officers, the documents state.

Court papers also charge that Mr. Porrata intentionally obstructed police by charging at them and riling up the crowd, “starting a riot situation with a crowd of approximately 300 people to converge on responding police officers.” When officers tried to arrest him that morning, the court documents said, he placed his hands on the ground and compressed his chest toward the ground, preventing police from handcuffing him.

Police said it was not practical to arrest him during the incident, but he was taken into custody last Wednesday at 10:22 a.m. and charged with riot in the second degree, inciting to riot and obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, all misdemeanors. He was also charged with disorderly conduct, a violation.

Mr. Porrata was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $2,000 bail following an arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court on Tuesday. Court officials said he was arraigned in the town court because he had an attorney who is paid by the state and that is where he was.

Meanwhile, Police Officer Michael Horstman, who was injured during the altercation at 230 Elm, was back to work, after having missed seven days, according to police.

Car Stolen In Sagaponack

Southampton Town Police said that a Mercedes-Benz was reported stolen last week from a Sagaponack home.

The car, a black 1999 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG, valued at approximately $45,000, was 
kept at a Sagaponack Road property for “storage and 
safekeeping” and was stolen sometime between 8 a.m. on Monday, September 12, and midnight on Friday, September 16, according to a police incident report.

“Keys were left inside the vehicle, where workers could see that it was unattended,” the report states.

A caretaker who reported 
the theft was the only one 
who was authorized to use 
the car, according to its 
owner, a 39-year-old Manhattan man, police said. The 
caretaker told officers he was not home at the time of the theft.

The report states that the case has been referred to the detective squad for a follow-up investigation.

No arrests have been made.

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Here's proof that the village pd are pathological liars!!! There wasn't a riot at 230 Elm that night, only a fight! And if it was a"riot" why were there only 2 arrests?! Wasn't it about "300 people" there? That's a bogus arrest for Mr. Porrata!! If he tried to incite a riot & obstruct governmental administration on Sept 3rd, why wasn't he arrested that same night/morning?! This is yet another attempt to cover up another wrongdoing in the village police dept.!!!!! They need to admit that they were ...more
By concerned hamponite (7), hamptons on Sep 21, 11 12:36 PM
And it wasn't "practical" to arrest Mr. Porrata that same night? "he placed his hands on the ground and compressed his chest toward the ground, preventing police from handcuffing him." Come on village pd, you can come up with a much better lie than that!!! Where are your guys/gals when the "manhattanites" are running red lights where the signs clearly state "NO TURN ON RED", when the illegal "day laborers" are loitering all day by 7-Eleven, SCNB and stores on Job's Lane & Main St are being robbed, ...more
By concerned hamponite (7), hamptons on Sep 21, 11 1:00 PM
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so what if the labors are out their they go to work and dont get in trouble like little boy andrew so shut up
By shittalker (2), westhampton on Oct 20, 11 2:33 PM
What a tangled web...
By Mr. Z (6495), North Sea on Sep 21, 11 1:47 PM
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hamponite fill out an application in the village....
By 1640sWhaler (56), Sag Harbor/Easthampton on Sep 22, 11 4:46 PM
good for him thats what he gets DO THE CRIME DO THE TIME
By shittalker (2), westhampton on Oct 20, 11 2:24 PM
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By Save the East End (1), Water Mill on Apr 16, 12 3:13 PM
Danger lurks down under. Avoid the basement at 230 Elm. You have been warned
By Save the East End (1), Water Mill on Apr 16, 12 3:55 PM
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