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May 3, 2014 5:19 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Man Arrested And Charged For 2013 Noyac Home Invasion

May 7, 2014 9:37 AM
A 19-year-old man was arrested this week in connection with a 2013 home invasion in Noyac, in which he is accused of having held a family at gunpoint before fleeing with approximately $18,000 in cash.

Daniel W. Claud Jr., 19, of Tuckahoe was arrested by Southampton Town Police at 11:20 a.m. last Thursday, May 1. Detectives declined to say where he was arrested or what led them to him.

Authorities said that on the evening of October 16, 2013, Mr. Claud and another male suspect, who has not been identified and remains at large, entered a home on Widener Lane in Noyac and held several occupants of the house at gunpoint, taking cash from the home. No one was hurt in the robbery.

Mr. Claud, who was 18 at the time of the incident, and the other individual both displayed guns during the home invasion, according to police; one was holding a shotgun and the other a revolver. The two stole approximately $18,000 in cash before fleeing the scene.

After the robbery, a K-9 unit and a Suffolk County Police helicopter were called in to assist with the search for the two suspects, but to no avail.

Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa declined to comment this week on the status of the department’s search for the other person involved, citing the ongoing investigation.

At his arraignment on Friday morning in Southampton Town Justice Court in Hampton Bays, Mr. Claud was charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary, both felonies, as well as fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

Mr. Claud did not enter a plea during Friday’s court appearance and was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $500,000 cash bail. Mr. Claud, who was still incarcerated as of Tuesday afternoon, was scheduled to return to Southampton Town Justice Court on Wednesday morning.

Det. Sgt. Costa also said that the fact that Mr. Claud’s father was a former New York State Trooper had no bearing on the investigation.

“There was no delay in effecting Claud’s arrest,” Det. Sgt. Costa wrote in an email. “In this case, as in all cases that are investigated by the Southampton Town Detective Division, we work diligently to collect evidence to support strong prosecutable cases.

“This is an extremely violent crime in which we are committed to fully investigating, appropriately charging and prosecuting the individuals involved,” she continued.

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Isn't this kids father a state trooper? Very sad.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 3, 14 8:09 AM
I'm just wondering if the fact that his father is a state trooper had anything to do with the delay in arresting him when the police were told from the beginning that Claud Jr was the person who committed the crime.
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on May 4, 14 9:00 AM
$500,000 bail does not seem as if they cared who his father is.
By guest (68), Bridgehampton on May 4, 14 5:44 PM
Why was only one person arrested when there were two assailants that pulled off the home invasion?
By localyokel (16), Southampton on May 5, 14 10:14 AM
Maybey they are still looking for the second guy?
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on May 5, 14 10:58 AM
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Strimg him up if he's guilty. A home invasion is the most offense crime there is.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 7, 14 7:03 AM
Looks like it is time to make a trip down to Arf. This place is not what it used to be, We used to leave the doors unlocked
By widow gavits (219), sag harbor on May 7, 14 1:44 PM
The article has been updated regarding the delay in arresting the suspect.

Speaking of which, how about an update on the hit-and-run death of Sister Jackie Walsh, and the 11-day delay in releasing the suspect's photo and ID?

Tomorrow will mark TWENTY-TWO months since Sister Walsh was mowed down and left to die on the side of the road.

Rest in Peace.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 8, 14 8:00 AM
Making an arrest is not as easy as you see on TV. Proof positive is necessary before you can charge someone with a crime and have it stick. Walk a mile in a police officers shoes before you make a nasty remark about the job they do.No amount of money could make me put my life in harms way, the way they do on a daily basis. They deserve praise, not bashing!!
By Mikki (4), Shirley on May 8, 14 9:26 PM
Plea deal -- no new jail time.

By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 9, 14 7:40 PM
How shocking a drug dealer got robbed at gunpoint!
Remember Odone only got 5 years for choking a man to death....
By Crixus (4), Southampton on May 15, 14 10:12 PM