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Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney. Photo from Tierney's office

Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney announced on Jan. 26 that Christopher Loeb, 37, of Smithtown, was indicted for Assault in the Second Degree, and other related charges, for allegedly pushing an 89-year-old woman to the ground and throwing a metal plant stand at her, resulting in a fractured femur.

“Violence against anyone should never be tolerated, but it is especially reprehensible when that violence is directed against an elderly woman in their own home,” said District Attorney Tierney. “Thankfully, the alleged victim in this case called 911, and the law enforcement who responded to the scene was able to remove the defendant from the home and render aid to the victim.”

According to the investigation, on January 12, 2024, the victim entered her kitchen to find Loeb breaking glass plates, dinner chairs, and a butcher’s block stand. He then allegedly grabbed the victim and pushed her to the ground. While Loeb continued damaging other items around the house, including the front door, the victim was able to stand up and call 911. Loeb then allegedly threw a metal plant stand at the victim’s right leg, which resulted in a fractured femur, pain, and bruising.

The police arrived and observed the victim still lying on the floor of her living room where she fell after the alleged assault. Loeb was pacing around the second story of the house, allegedly holding a broken table leg, which the police recovered before placing him under arrest.

The victim was taken to St. Catherine of Siena Hospital in Smithtown to receive treatment for her various injuries and remains in rehabilitative care.

On January 25, 2024, Loeb was arraigned on the indictment before Acting Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Steven A. Pilewski, for two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, Class D violent felonies, and one count of Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, a Class E felony. Justice Pilewski ordered Loeb held on $75,000 cash, $150,000 bond, or $750,000 partially secured bond during the pendency of the case. Loeb is due back in court on February 15, 2024, and is being represented by Christopher Cassar, Esq.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Melissa Grier of the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau with investigative assistance from Detective Alexander Otero of the Suffolk County Police Department.

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Guillermo Ayala Jr.

Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney announced on Aug. 21 that Guillermo Ayala Jr., 30, of Calverton, pleaded guilty to attacking and slashing his ex-girlfriend’s family after they attempted to deny him entry into their home in December 2022.

“This defendant was so determined to carry out violence against the mother of his children that he savagely attacked three of her family members that attempted to stop him,” said District Attorney Tierney. “Thankfully, this defendant now faces a significant prison sentence which will afford the victim and her family a sense of safety and security.”

According to court documents and the defendant’s admissions during his guilty plea allocution, on December 2, 2022, Ayala and the mother of his children went shopping and out to dinner. Afterwards, Ayala drove around for hours demanding that the victim show him her cell phone so that he could see who she had been speaking to. At one point, Ayala pulled over into a desolate area of Riverhead and placed his hands around the victim’s neck to prevent her from breathing. Ayala also held a razor to her throat and threated to kill her if she didn’t give him her phone. Ultimately, the victim was able to convince Ayala to bring her home.

The next evening, the victim met with family members at her parents’ house to discuss her fear for herself and her children following the events of the night before. While the family was gathered, Ayala began knocking on the front door. When the victim’s stepmother answered the door and told Ayala to leave, Ayala pushed his way past her and entered the home. Family members who heard the commotion went to the front door. Ayala then punched the victim’s father and then slashed his face with a razor blade.

When the victim’s uncle attempted to pull Ayala off the victim’s father, Ayala slashed the uncle in the face with the razor, causing a deep, 4.5-inch laceration from the top of his forehead down to the bottom of his jaw and continuing behind his ear, resulting in permanent disfigurement to his face. As the struggle to subdue Ayala continued, Ayala bit both the father and the uncle on their arms. The victim’s aunt attempted to help, and Ayala slashed her arm with the razor blade.

During the altercation, the victim called 911 for help. Members of the Suffolk County Police Department arrived at the scene and saw the razor still in Ayala’s hand as the victim’s family held him on the ground. Ayala was then placed under arrest.

On August 21, 2023, Ayala pleaded guilty before Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Timothy P. Mazzei, to the charges of one count of Burglary in the First Degree, a Class B violent felony; one count of Assault in the First Degree, a Class B violent felony; and one count of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, a Class A misdemeanor.


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Claudia Garcia Vargas

Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney today announced that Claudia Garcia Vargas, 54, of Queens, was convicted after a jury found her guilty of Assault in the Second Degree after she slashed her boyfriend in the neck following a dispute in July 2022.

“Domestic violence of any kind is unacceptable,” said District Attorney Tierney. “Thankfully, the victim survived the defendant’s horrific attack, and can hopefully feel safe knowing that the defendant will serve time in jail for her crimes.”

The evidence at trial established that on July 23, 2022, Garcia Vargas picked up her boyfriend from his job in Queens. Garcia Vargas, who had been dating the victim for approximately seven years, got into an argument with him after he indicated that he wanted to end their relationship.

Instead of dropping the victim off at his home, Garcia Vargas continued to drive eastbound on the Long Island Expressway toward Riverhead over the victim’s objection. Garcia Vargas then pulled over onto the side of the road and accusing the victim of cheating on her. Garcia Vargas then took out what the victim described as a long sharp object, and, while telling the victim “This is where you die,” slashed him on the side of his neck.

The victim sustained a deep laceration on his neck but was able to get out of the car and run into the surrounding woods to look for help. As the victim ran through the woods, Garcia Vargas attempted to find him with a flashlight, and was repeatedly calling for him to come back.

The victim ran to a nearby home, and the homeowners called 911 on his behalf. He was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries. Garcia Vargas was subsequently arrested in Queens.

On July 25, Garcia Vargas was found guilty after a jury trial heard before Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable John B. Collins, of Assault in the Second Degree, a Class D violent felony.

Garcia Vargas is due back in court on August 28 for sentencing. She is being represented by the Legal Aid Society.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Zachary Kelly of the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau, with investigative assistance from Detective Richard Freeborn of the Riverhead Police Department.


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Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the assault of a man who was located behind a Port Jefferson Station strip mall on Monday,  June 12.

Sixth Precinct officers responded to the rear of 5145 Route 347 at approximately 9:20 a.m. after a 911 caller reported finding an injured man. The man, who detectives determined had been assaulted, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this incident to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

The Greenway Trail runs between Port Jefferson Station and East Setauket. File photo by Rachel Shapiro

Suffolk County Police detectives are investigating an incident during which a woman was attacked by a man while walking on the Port Jefferson Station to Setauket Greenway Trail Tuesday.

Police said a 54-year-old woman was walking on Greenway Trail around a quarter mile from the eastern entrance in Port Jefferson Station, at around 11:30 a.m. Oct. 21 when a man tackled her from behind. The woman was knocked to the ground and the man put his hand over her mouth and made comments that were sexual in nature. The man fled toward the trail entrance when the woman screamed as they were approached by another walker.

The man was described as Black, in his 30s, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and heavyset. He was wearing a black sweatshirt with green sweatpants with a black stripe down the side. The woman was not injured.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this incident to call the 6th precinct at 631-854-8652 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.

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Suffolk County Police have arrested a Medford man after he allegedly assaulted a woman and barricaded himself in a Kings Park house for approximately 8 hours April 26.

Mark Reyes entered the home of a female acquaintance, located on Clover Lane, the evening of April 25 and allegedly held the woman against her will overnight. The 33-year-old woman was assaulted and sustained knife-wounds in the incident. She escaped the house at approximately 9:30 a.m. Sunday and was taken to an area hospital for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injures. Two children who were in the house at the time of the incident were unharmed.

Reyes fled the house on foot and kicked in the back door of a nearby house, located at Rumford Road, at approximately 9:35 a.m. Sunday.

A good Samaritan saw Reyes enter the home on Rumford Road and called 911. Suffolk County Police Emergency Service Section officers and members of the hostage negotiation team responded to the scene. Emergency Service Section officers were able to enter the home and bring a 77-year-old female resident to safety while Reyes barricaded himself in an upstairs bathroom. The woman was uninjured.

At approximately 5:45 p.m., Emergency Service Section officers re-entered the home and removed Reyes from the house. Reyes, who had a self-inflicted knife wound, was transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Reyes, 51, is being charged with criminal mischief, criminal obstruction of breathing, two counts of unlawful imprisonment, assault in the first degree, aggravated criminal contempt, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal trespassing in the second degree, and criminal mischief in the third degree. Other charges may be pending. He will be arraigned on a later date.

Two men are wanted by Suffolk County police for allegedly assaulting a man in Huntington. Photo from SCPD

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and 2nd Precinct Crime Section officers are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate two men who allegedly assaulted another man in Huntington this month.

A man was allegedly assaulted in front of of Nag’s Head Ale House, located at 396 New York Ave., March 18 at 1 a.m. The alleged suspects are described as white, in their 20s. One suspect was said to be approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall with brown hair. The other suspect was approximately 6 feet tall with blonde hair.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about the incident can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS (8477), texting “SCPD” and your message to “CRIMES” (274637) or by sending an email at www.tipsubmit.com. All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.

Areatha Pickens mugshot. Photo from SCPD

By Desirée Keegan

Suffolk County Police today arrested a nurse for assaulting a paraplegic man she was caring for at his Coram home last week.

Areatha Pickens, a licensed practical nurse, was caring for an 83-year-old man and Korean War veteran who became paraplegic in a 1975 motor vehicle crash, when she assaulted the man who was confined to a stretcher June 22. Pickens punched the man several times after the victim notified Pickens’ employer that she was late for work. The victim was treated at Stony Brook University Hospital for a fractured orbital bone.

Sixth Squad detectives charged Pickens, 44, of Coram, with second-degree assault. She was scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip.

A man was taken to the hospital for treatment of a puncture wound after he was allegedly assaulted with a screwdriver by a 22-year-old man in Port Jefferson Station May 22, according to police.

Joel Moreno-Alvarado, 22, of Port Jefferson Station was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after he allegedly assaulted a victim at about 11:30 p.m. Monday night on Main Street near the intersection of East Oakland Avenue, police said.

The victim walked into the 6th Precinct in Selden to report the incident and was taken by ambulance to the hospital to be treated for a puncture wound. Moreno-Alvarado was held overnight and arraigned in 1st District Court in Central Islip Tuesday, May 23, police said. Attorney information for Moreno-Alvarado was not immediately available.


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Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives are investigating an assault during which a teenager was injured in Huntington Station Jan. 22.

A 16-year-old male was playing soccer at Manor Field Park, located at East 5th Street, at 2:22 p.m. when police said he was approached by a group of males who cut him with a sharp object.

The victim was transported by the Huntington Community First Aid Squad to Huntington Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the assault to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.