Crimes Nearby: Cops Nab Riverhead Man After Gunpoint Hold-Up

Guns found hidden on Osborne Avenue in Riverhead, police say.

The following information was supplied by the East End police departments. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate guilt.


• A Riverhead man was arrested on Wednesday and charged with holding up a victim at gunpoint, police said. According to Riverhead Town police, Julian R. Williams, 18, was arrested at 4:10 p.m. after police said they received a report of a robbery that had taken place on Wednesday near Delores Avenue in Riverhead.

A male victim told police that he had been held up at gunpoint by two men and one woman. Police broadcast a description of the suspects to patrol units; several Riverhead police units, as well as New York State Police, conducted a search of the area for the suspects.

A short time later, the suspect was located, placed under arrested, and charged with robbery in the first degree, a felony. He was brought to police headquarters and held for arraignment.

After receiving information during the investigation, police searched for evidence around the Osborne Avenue area, and the guns that were allegedly used in the robbery, that were hidden in the area, were found by a Riverhead K-9 unit.


• Someone broke into a woman’s vehicle on Canal Street and made off with more than $1,400 in clothing and electronics sometime between Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. According to police, they received a 911 call from the victim who stated that when she went out to get her newspaper on Dec. 1 she noticed her pocketbook was laying in the driveway, not inside her unlocked 2003 Toyota Camry where she had left it. The woman went over to her car and noticed a number of items had been stolen from it, including two iPads, a Garmin GPS, Massey boots, a power tool and a child’s maroon winter jacket, totalling $1,445 in value.

When neighbors were notified of the crime, they went out to their own vehicles to secure their items. Two other victims discovered their vehicles had been broken into as well.

In the first case, a neighbor on Canal Street discovered that his Garmin GPS and his satellite radio had been stolen out of his Chevy Corvette, which was parked in his driveway. In the second instance, a resident on nearby Gate Street had his car broken into and a Garmin GPS, a car charger, a plug-in charger and a dollar bill stolen. When police investigated they found the Garmin and the car charger laying at the apron of his driveway. The items were returned to the owner after detectives photographed the scene for evidence. The investigation is ongoing.


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