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Jun 20, 2011 2:22 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Center Moriches Man Charged With Trying To Rob Speonk Deli

Jun 22, 2011 10:12 AM

A Center Moriches man was arrested Sunday night after Southampton Town Police said he tried to rob a Speonk deli at gunpoint.

Officers said they were called to Peppercorns Country Market and Deli on Montauk Highway shortly after 6:30 p.m. for a report of a man with a gun who had tried to rob the business and had just left.

Police said they found Elvis Tinti-Chajon, 22—who fit the given description of the man—nearby in the vicinity of North Phillips Avenue and Montauk Highway. An investigation revealed that he walked into the deli, told a clerk not to move and said he was robbing the place. He then showed the clerk the weapon, which was concealed in his pants, police said.

The clerk—the only employee present—and several customers who were in the store at the time distracted the would-be robber “to varying degrees,” which caused him to leave, according to Detective Sergeant Randy Hintze.

Police said Mr. Tinti-Chajon did not make off with any proceeds from the attempted robbery.

The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun that was simulated to look like a semiautomatic handgun, officers said.

Mr. Tinti-Chajon was arrested at about 6:50 p.m. and charged with attempted robbery in the first degree, a felony, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor.

Mr. Tinti-Chajon was held overnight at the Southampton Town Police detention facility and arraigned on Monday in Southampton Town Justice Court. He was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $10,000 bail, police said.

A woman who answered the phone at Peppercorns on Monday declined to comment.

Crash Leads To DWI Charge

A Westhampton woman was arrested on Monday night in Hampton Bays after Southampton Town Police said she was intoxicated when she plowed her car into a tree.

Police responded to a report of a car crash in the area of Rampasture Road and Elder Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. and said that Barbara Cooper, 70, had been driving her 2003 Subaru Legacy south on Rampasture Road when she drove off the roadway and crashed into a tree.

Ms. Cooper, the sole occupant of the car, complained of facial injuries resulting from her airbag being deployed and was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center via Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance, police said.

Officers then determined that Ms. Cooper was intoxicated, and she was arrested at 10:22 p.m., charged with misdemeanor DWI, and held overnight at Southampton Town Police headquarters for a morning arraignment.

Ms. Cooper was released on her own recognizance.

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I wondered why there were more Southampton Town officers than people in Speonk Sunday evening. Time for the Giuliani program in the greater Remsenburg-Speonk area. Signed, tired of reading about violent felonies in God's country.
By rburger (77), Remsenburg on Jun 20, 11 4:21 PM
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Si Se Pueda!
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jun 20, 11 4:57 PM
Oh how lovely. Thanks for visiting, Mr. Tinti-Chajon.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Jun 20, 11 5:15 PM
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It just gets lovlier, and lovlier with each passing year, does it not?
By Mr. Z (10415), North Sea on Jun 20, 11 6:47 PM
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Funny there are no comments from you guys about the underage drinking house in Remsenburg. Could it be because it white locals committing the crime?
By tenn tom (199), remsenburg on Jun 22, 11 7:55 AM
You equate underage drinking with a with an armed robbery?

I guess the guy holding the gun is the "victim" because his skin is brown.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jun 22, 11 9:29 AM
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Vandalism, littering, evidence of unreported single vehicle DWI's connected with those.
By rburger (77), Remsenburg on Jun 22, 11 9:31 AM
I commented on that story, Tenn Tom. All crime sucks. When a crime is committed by someone who is here illegally it sucks a little more. (I can't claim that Tinti-Chajon is here illegally as the article doesn't mention, but I'd willing to wager that he is.)
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Jun 22, 11 11:12 AM
Sure there were comments...they were left in t he comment section after the story of the underaged drinking in Remsenburg. Why would they be here? Should we counter post everything so people can't make ridiculous statements?
By bb (797), Hampton Bays on Jul 2, 11 8:46 AM
Let's not forget last year's murder in Remsenburg/Speonk. Wasn't that the first murder in the area in nearly a century?

Surprisingly the guy with bloody hammer is nowhere to be found. I'll bet the unfortunate victim's body wasn't the only thing that went back to Guatemala that week.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jun 22, 11 9:56 AM
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That was Nidzyn Ave in Speonk. The house has 5 legal apartments in it and mostly filled with families from Guatemala. The victim was a "Guatemalan National," which is code for illegal alien and had been arrested a few months prior to being murdered. He actually bit the arresting officer. When I asked why he was still in the country and what the resident status of the occupants of the house were, the detective told me that that info wasn't important to the investigation. Read that as "We are not ...more
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Jun 22, 11 11:29 AM
Now wait just one hot minute. I was told he just came here for a better life and to do all of the work that other people won't do. Nobody said anything about robbing an old time family business!? What gives?
By local69 (65), southampton on Jul 2, 11 7:52 AM
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His life probably is better. It's ours that isn't.
By bb (797), Hampton Bays on Jul 2, 11 8:53 AM
Quick question, who is left doing the landscaping and framing all of the houses in Guatemala?
By HSA (68), southampton on Jul 2, 11 7:55 AM
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Hampton Bays Rotary, Autumn Evening by the Sea, Joyce Oakland, Oaklands Restaurant