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Ralph Dominguez

Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney announced on Aug. 18 that Ralph Dominguez, 66, of Middle Island, was sentenced to three to six years in prison for robbing an M&T Bank in Centereach of $2,770.

“This defendant thought he could make a quick buck by threatening bank employees with harm if his demands were not met,” said District Attorney Tierney. “I commend the swift response from the Suffolk County Police Department who apprehended this defendant while he was fleeing, and recovered the money stolen during the robbery.”

According to the investigation and the defendant’s admissions during his guilty plea allocution, on January 31, 2023, Dominguez entered an M&T Bank in Centereach, and handed the teller a note demanding U.S. currency in various denominations. While handing the teller the note, Dominguez simultaneously placed his hand in his jacket, seeming to suggest that he was armed with a gun. The note demanded that when the teller was done handing over the money, to turn around and count to fifty so no one would get hurt. The teller complied with the demand and put $2,770 in a bank deposit bag and handed it to Dominguez. Dominguez then fled the bank but was apprehended by members of the Suffolk County Police Department shortly thereafter. During the arrest, law enforcement recovered the bank deposit bag containing the money from Dominguez’s person.

On July 7, 2023, Dominguez pleaded guilty before County Court Judge, the Honorable Anthony S. Senft, Jr., to Robbery in the Third Degree, a Class D felony. On August 18, 2023, Dominguez was sentenced to three to six years in prison. Dominguez was represented by Michael Elbert, Esq.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Patrick E. Fedun of the Major Crime Bureau, with investigative assistance from Detective William Berhalter of the Suffolk County Police Department’s Major Case Unit.

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Suffolk County Police arrested two people on July 18 for two bank robberies and one attempted bank
robbery that occurred last week.

Joseph Hill, 40, and Stephanie Demola, 34, both of Moriches, were charged with Robbery 1st Degree for allegedly robbing Webster Bank, located at 361 Sunrise Highway in Patchogue, on July 13 at approximately 9:05 a.m. and Robbery 2nd Degree for allegedly robbing TD Bank, located at 474 Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma, on July 10 at approximately 3:05 p.m. They were also charged with Attempted Robbery 2nd Degree for the alleged attempted robbery of Chase Bank, located at 128 Main St. in Yaphank, on July 10 at approximately 10 a.m.

Hill is being held at the Sixth Precinct and Demola is being held at the Fourth Precinct. They are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on July 18.

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Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating after a woman allegedly robbed a Lake Ronkonkoma bank on July 10.

A woman entered TD Bank, located at 474 Portion Road, and passed a note to a teller allegedly demanding cash at approximately 3:05 p.m. The employee complied and the suspect fled the scene on the back of a waiting motorcycle westbound on Portion Road. The woman was wearing a face mask and a motorcycle helmet.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this robbery to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852- 6555 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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Suffolk County Police arrested a Central Islip man on July 7 for four robberies and an attempted robbery in
Suffolk County since May.

After an investigation, Major Case Unit detectives determined Andre Desvignes was responsible for robbing the following places:

• Bethpage Federal Credit Union, 233 South Research Place, Central Islip, on May 30.
• United States Postal Service, located at 136 Carleton Ave., Islip Terrace, on June 21.
• Bethpage Federal Credit Union, located at 233 South Research Place, Central Islip, on June 29.
• United States Postal Service, located at 136 Carleton Ave., Islip Terrace, on July 7.

Desvignes, 55, also attempted to rob Bethpage Federal Credit Union, located at 1350 Deer Park Ave., on July 5.
He was charged with four counts of Robbery 3rd Degree, and one count of Attempted Robbery 3rd Degree.

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Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating a robbery that occurred at a Central Islip bank on June 29.

A man entered Bethpage Federal Credit Union, located at 233 South Research Place, at 9:24 a.m. and handed a teller a note demanding cash and threatening violence. The teller complied with the man’s demands and the man fled the bank on foot.

The man was described as Black, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, and was wearing a blue surgical mask, sunglasses, light-colored pants and a baseball hat.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this robbery to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220- TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential..

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Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit Detectives are investigating a bank robbery that occurred in Central Islip on May 30.

A man entered Bethpage Federal Credit Union, located at 233 South Research Place, at 9:36 a.m. and passed a note to a teller demanding cash. The teller complied and the suspect fled on foot with cash northbound through the parking lot.

The robber was described as 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 7 inches tall with dark skin. He was wearing sweatpants, a plaid hooded sweatshirt and a medical mask.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on the robbery to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852- 6555 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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Bethpage Federal Credit Union Melville

Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating after a man robbed a Melville bank after he attempted to rob an East Farmingdale bank on May 12.

A man passed a teller at note at 9:42 a.m. demanding cash at Bethpage Federal Credit Union, located at 1033 Route 109. The teller did not comply with the man’s demands and the man fled the bank on foot. Approximately 20 minutes later, the man passed a teller a note demanding cash at Bethpage Federal Credit Union, located at 501 Walt Whitman Road. The teller complied with the man’s demands and the man fled on foot.

The man was described as Black, between 25 and 30 years old, approximately 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and maroon pants.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on these incidents to call the Major Case Unit at 631- 852-6555.

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Update: Suffolk County Police arrested a Farmingdale man on Nov. 25 for robbing a bank in Farmingdale. Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives arrested Alexander Almonte Cabrera in Levittown at 3:40 p.m. today. Almonte Cabrera, 21, was charged with Robbery 3rd Degree. He will be held overnight at the Third Precinct, and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on November 26.

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Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating a robbery that occurred at a
Farmingdale bank on Nov. 23.

A man entered TD Bank, located at 90 Broadhollow Road at approximately 12 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding cash. The teller complied and the robber fled on foot. The man is described as light-skinned Hispanic, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing sunglasses, a dark-colored hooded-sweatshirt with Wild Cats written across the chest, and grey sweatpants.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6553 or Crime
Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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Update: Suffolk County Police reported on Oct. 10 that a suspect had been arrested for robbing the Teachers Federal Credit Union on Motor Parkway in Commack on Oct. 8. 

Following an investigation, Major Case Unit detectives arrested George Swanton at 300 Bay Shore
Road, Bay Shore, at 1:41 a.m. on Oct. 10. Swanton, 62, of Oakdale, was charged with robbery and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He is being held at the Third Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 10 at First District Court in Central Islip.

Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating a robbery that occurred at a bank in
Commack Oct. 8.

A man entered Teachers Federal Credit Union, located at 10 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, at
approximately 11:30 a.m. and allegedly handed a teller a note demanding cash. The teller complied and the
robber fled. He fled in a gray minivan westbound on Vanderbilt Motor Parkway.

The man was described as white and was wearing a dark-colored wig, makeup and dressed in women’s
clothing.

Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6553 or
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating a robbery that occurred at a bank in Greenlawn on July 31.

A man entered TD Bank, located at 460 Pulaski Road, at approximately 1:10 p.m., and handed a teller a note demanding cash. The teller complied and gave the suspect cash from the drawer. The robber fled on foot.

The suspect was described as a male with an average build. He was wearing dark clothing and a dark face covering.

Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6553 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.