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May 31, 2017 1:50 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Fight Breaks Out At Montauk 7-Eleven Store Over Memorial Day Weekend

Jun 6, 2017 2:15 PM

Seven people were arrested after a brawl broke out in the Montauk 7-Eleven on Sunday, May 28, at 4:36 in the morning, according to East Hampton Town Police.

A brief video shot by a patron at the convenience store, located on Montauk Highway across the street from Kirk Park Beach, was posted widely on social media. It shows people shoving and hitting each other and yelling, with the store’s merchandise and other items strewn on the floor.

One of those arrested, Fernando Mateo-Brito, 36, of Montauk, was arraigned by Justice Lisa R. Rana in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Wednesday, May 31, according to Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo.

Mr. Mateo-Brito was charged with attempted assault in the first degree, a class C felony; menacing in the second degree and criminal mischief, both class A misdemeanors; and disorderly conduct, a violation.

According to court records, Mr. Mateo-Brito made an oral admission that he was involved in the fight and “took a wooden plank, but the black guy who attacked me was almost 7 feet tall.”

The court also issued a one-year temporary order of protection prohibiting Mr. Mateo-Brito from contacting Rick McFarland, 28, of East Hampton.

According to police reports released on Monday, Mr. McFarland was also charged with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, plus harassment in the second degree and disorderly conduct, both violations. Police said Mr. McFarland punched several people during the fight and was one of the people who caused a total of $350 in damage in the store.

Facing the same charges was Carlos Bencosme, 25, of Montauk, who also punched several people during the fight and helped cause the damage, according to police.

Two other people were charged with both criminal mischief and disorderly conduct: Amaurys Delossantos, 41, of Amagansett and William McFarland, 36, of Hampton Bays. Two other individuals, a 30-year-old Montauk man and a 26-year-old East Hampton woman, were charged with disorderly conduct, a violation. Both were involved in the brawl, but police said they determined that they did not contribute to the damages.

According to police, Rick McFarland was the first to be arrested on the day of the fight, at 5:42 a.m., followed by Mr. Bencosme, who was arrested that night at 9:29 p.m., and Mr. Delossantos, at 11:15 p.m. The others were cited two days later.

Mr. Delossantos was issued an appearance ticket to return to Justice Court on June 15. Rick McFarland and Mr. Bencosme were issued appearance tickets to return to court on June 22. William McFarland was issued an appearance ticket to return to court on July 6. A bail of $5,000 was set for Fernando Mateo-Brito, while $100 bail was set for Rick McFarland and Mr. Bencosme.

The manager of the 7-Eleven store, who identified himself only as “Chris” when reached by phone on Wednesday, May 31, declined to comment about the incident and hung up.

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