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Triple Arrest In Flanders Weapons Larceny

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Colleen Reynolds   Dec 20, 2011 11:43 AM
Dec 21, 2011 10:27 AM

Two Flanders teenagers and a North Carolina man were arrested by Southampton Town Police on Friday in connection with the theft of several weapons from a Flanders home last week.

Town Police detectives said the triple arrest took place following the execution of a search warrant, although they could not say where the warrant was executed. Details of the arrests remain sketchy, as three separate arrest reports released by police contained conflicting details, including the times and places of the incidents. Sergeant Lisa Costa, the head of the detective division, declined to clarify the information, saying that no further details would be released, citing an active investigation.

The three—Edward L. Durham Jr., 18, of Flanders; Jaquan “Jake” L. Lunsford-Bailey, 21, of Greensboro, North Carolina; and Trever S. Jackson, 17, of Flanders—were arrested at police headquarters in Hampton Bays, according to their arrest reports. Detectives said, however, that the places of arrest were not correct for all three, as they were not all arrested at headquarters. They did not elaborate, referring questions to Sgt. Costa, who declined to offer details.

According to the release, a Flanders resident discovered on December 11 that, two days prior, someone had stolen two handguns, a rifle, a PlayStation and $4,700 in cash from his home on Brookhaven Avenue.

Mr. Jackson was arrested at 2:34 p.m. on Friday and charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, a felony. His arrest report states that he turned himself in at police headquarters with an attorney present.

Mr. Lunsford-Bailey was arrested at 3:14 p.m. Friday and charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a felony, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor, police said.

Finally, Mr. Durham was arrested at 7:52 p.m. and charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, a felony, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor, police said.

Mr. Jackson was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $250 cash bail or $500 bond. Mr. Durham was released after posting $250 bail. Mr. Lunsford-Bailey was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond. All three are due back in court on January 17 at 9 a.m.

Christmas Party Assault

A Hampton Bays teenager was arrested on Sunday afternoon at his Jackson Avenue home after Southampton Town Police said he cracked a beer bottle over a man’s head at a residential Christmas party early that morning.

Anthony A. Cassesse, 18, was taken into custody that afternoon at 4:36 p.m. at his Jackson Avenue home and charged with assault in the second degree, a felony, and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor.

The 23-year-old victim, also from Hampton Bays, filed a report with police at 2:05 a.m. Sunday stating that at 12:30 a.m., he was playing beer pong in the basement of a friend’s Old Squires Road home during a Christmas party when he and a friend called a girl they were playing against names. They stopped joking when a man asked them to stop, but another man broke a beer bottle over the victim’s head. Detectives said they responded to Southampton Hospital, where the victim was taken for treatment of a facial cut that required stitches.

Mr. Cassese was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on February 28 at 1 p.m.

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