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Nov 4, 2018 7:44 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Two Masked Men Charged With Armed Robbery After Halloween Incident In Quogue

Shaun J. Worthington and Jason A. Hutson were arrested on Halloween for an attempted armed robbery at an auto body repair shop in Quogue. COURTESY QUOGUE VILLAGE POLICE
Nov 7, 2018 2:37 PM

Two men wearing ghoulish masks were arrested on Halloween by Quogue Village Police after an attempted armed robbery in Quogue, according to authorities.

Quogue Chief of Police Christopher B. Isola said Jason A. Huston, 33, and Shaun J. Worthington Jr., 19, both of Riverhead, attempted to rob Escobar’s Auto Repair Shop on Midhampton Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, October 31.

The attempted robbery was reported at about 2:50 p.m., and officers arrived at the repair shop and located two victims, one with injuries, who provided a description of the robbers, who were said to have fled the scene in a black car. On Tuesday, Chief Isola said that one of the victims was beaten with an unknown object and suffered facial and head injuries. He was transported to an area hospital.

A description of the robbers, the vehicle and direction of travel were broadcast via police radio to surrounding law enforcement agencies. Shortly after, a Southampton Town Police officer stopped Mr. Huston and Mr. Worthington on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays and detained them. Chief Isola said a loaded firearm was found within the vehicle.

Mr. Huston and Mr. Worthington were later arrested by Quogue Village Police and charged with attempted robbery in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and burglary in the second degree, all felonies, as well as conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. Mr. Huston was additionally charged with criminal use of a firearm in the second degree, a felony, and menacing in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Mr. Worthington was additionally charged with assault in the second degree, a felony.

Both men were arraigned in Quogue Justice Court on Thursday, November 1. Mr. Worthington was ordered jailed in lieu of $150,000 cash bail or $300,000 bond, and Mr. Huston was ordered held without bail due to his prior criminal record, according to court officials, who added that both men have now been indicted by the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.

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