Crimes Nearby: Arrestee Escapes, Then Turns Himself In

Also on the East End, a Flanders woman reports home invasion robbery, and a North Fork police officer injured during an arrest.

Recent arrests and reported crimes elsewhere on the East End:


• East Hampton Town cops were searching for an 18-year-old man who fled from police custody in Springs on Thursday morning. Police said Justin Cruz had been arrested on a possession of stolen property charge on Cedar Drive at about 8 a.m. According to Detective Sgt. Chris Anderson, Cruz had been handcuffed and was put in the back of a squad car. Cruz was able to get his hands in front of his body and go through the window between the back of the police car and the front. He exited through an unlocked door and took off on foot. He surrendered to police headquarters late Thursday night and has been additionally charged with escape in the third-degree, a misdemeanor.

• Jose B. Maria-Jimenez, 24, of Springs, was arrested on drunken driving charges, including a felony charge due to a prior conviction and a misdemeanor aggravated charge for his alleged blood alcohol level, after an accident on Sept. 11 at about 8:30 p.m. When police arrived, they found his 1996 Nissan had hit a tree on West Drive, at the intersection of Morris Park Lane. Maria-Jimenez was standing next to the car. He told police he lost control as he was making a right hand turn onto West Drive. Justice Catherine A. Cahill set bail at $10,000 cash or $50,000 bond. He was turned over to the Suffolk County Sheriff's office, but released on Sept. 20.


• A Flanders woman reported a robbery at her home on Wood Road Trail on Sept. 25., Southampton Town police said. The complainant told police that she was asleep in bed with her 6-month-old baby when a man entered the bedroom and demanded money. The intruder, who has not yet been arrested, took $15 in cash, a cellphone charger and a Verizon router.

• A Flanders man reported being held up at knifepoint by two men in the backseat of a car on Evergreen Road on Sept. 29, Southampton Town police said. According to a police report, the suspects stole $70 in cash. Police are searching for the perpetrators.


• Thomas Glasser, 48, of Peconic, resisted arrest and injured a Southold Town police officer during a fight at the Valero gas station in Cutchogue on Sept. 30 at 3 a.m., police said. Glasser was reported to be highly intoxicated and was causing a disturbance before police arrived. When he was asked to leave he refused and fought with arresting officers, police said. Officer Richard Buonaiuto was treated at Eastern Long Island Hospital.

• Alisa Siegell, 43, of Laurel, was charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child, and failing to maintain a lane of traffic on Sept. 30 at 7:44 p.m., after police observed the vehicle that Siegell was operating crossed over from the westbound lane into the eastbound lane, police said. Siegell was stopped and found to be intoxicated after failing several roadside sobriety tests, police said. Siegell’s 3-year-old daughter was in the vehicle with Siegell. Siegell was transported to police headquarters in Peconic and processed. Siegell’s vehicle was seized and towed to the police impound.


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