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Jan 26, 2011 11:37 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police: Drugs Involved In Tuckahoe Home Invasion

Jan 26, 2011 11:37 AM

Drugs were the motive for an armed home invasion in Tuckahoe last week, in which two bandana-clad men stormed into a North Magee Street house, shooting one resident and assaulting another, Southampton Town Police Detective Sergeant Randy Hintze confirmed this week.

But details remained sketchy this week as police continued their investigation.

Although he would not elaborate on what type of drugs were involved, or whether they were being distributed from the home, the detective did say the home invaders—who remain at large—also ransacked the house during the break-in, absconding with some drug-related property. Det. Sgt. Hintze declined to offer further detail, and the investigation remains active.

No arrests have been made in the case since the January 17 home invasion, which sent the two men who lived at the house—a 21-year-old man and his 28-year-old uncle—to Southampton Hospital. The pair were released the same day. Det. Sgt. Hintze said on Tuesday he would not comment on whether police had any suspects in the case, citing the ongoing investigation.

Neither resident had been charged with any crimes as of Wednesday morning, although Det. Sgt. Hintze declined to rule out the possibility.

On the day of the incident, police said two attackers busted through the front door of the home on North Magee Street, shooting the 21-year-old twice in the abdomen and assaulting his uncle before pillaging the house and fleeing in an unknown direction by unknown means.

A black-and-red sticker on a front window of the house indicates that the premises are under 24-hour surveillance by Lorex Technology Inc., a manufacturer of video security and surveillance equipment. Det. Sgt. Hintze said cameras in the house were submitted to Suffolk County Police for forensic analysis. Other evidence, including the bullets discharged from the intruder’s gun—believed to be a semi-automatic pistol—was sent to the Suffolk County Crime Laboratory for testing. Those results are not available yet, police said.

No one answered the door on multiple occasions at the home where the shots were fired this week, and the house appeared to be unoccupied. The screen on the outer front door—where police said the invaders forced their way in—remains mangled. Two Corona beer boxes lay strewn near the stoop, along with one black-and-white sandal, frozen over. Three large tires lie stacked near the driveway, with a fourth resting against the front stoop. A dog leash dangles from a tree—two dogs had been removed by the Town Police Animal Control Unit the day of the invasion.

On Tuesday night, almost all the lights in and outside the house were on. Only one snow-covered car, which is missing a front license plate, was parked in the driveway. A car with North Carolina plates that was in the driveway on the day of the shooting was not registered to either resident of the house, police said.

Neighbors in the Tuckahoe community this week shared similar sentiments of fear and surprise about the unusual incident that brought several Town Police cars racing down their normally serene street that morning, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when many children were home from school. They also said they did not know the men who lived at that house.

“Oh my God, I got scared,” recalled Edna Bautista, who has lived in a house down the road for five years, and works in a local bank and bakery, although she said she is not sure how she feels now. “We didn’t know those people. I’ve never seen them. I don’t even know their faces. We don’t really go out and meet the neighbors or anything. We just mind our business.”

Her son, Chris Bautista, 14, said he was home at the time and saw the police zoom past and was left wondering what was happening.

“It was scary because we’re neighbors,” remarked Luciano Ramos, who lives on nearby Ford’s Lane. “We never expected something to happen. We live in a quiet neighborhood.” Mr. Ramos said he was at work at the time of the shooting, doing construction on Meadow Lane in Southampton Village. His wife, Petra, was home at the time with their children and was curious about what was going on, he said.

Mr. Ramos said the lights have been on at the house where the invasion took place every night since the incident. He said he hadn’t met his neighbors, which he attributed, in part, to the cold weather and not being outside much. He said he has lived in his home for 15 years, but did not know how long his neighbors had been living in their 
home. Police said the house on North Magee Street was being rented.

Another neighbor, Sergio Campohermoso, a student who lives on North Magee Street, echoed similar sentiments, although he said while the incident was scary that Monday morning, he did not feel that way anymore. He, too, said he was not home at the time and did not know the men involved.

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SURPRISE, SURPRISE!!!!!!!
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Jan 27, 11 6:10 PM
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it is funny when a white guy in hampton bays gets arrested for distributing a deadly drug like heroin no one has a comment.
By acl (5), southampton on Feb 2, 11 1:40 PM
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No comments are permitted on that story.

And now, I will refrain from penning other thoughts which dwell in the recesses of my mind...
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Feb 2, 11 11:21 PM
well, this came as a surprise. not.
By trublnocknatmydr (35), East Hampton on Jan 27, 11 8:11 PM
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a little too much detail with this "reporting"- right down to the color of the old shoe and the exact placement of the old tires. not a lot of facts and a lot of bull. are you short of editors at the press? i dont suppose this intrepid reporter was tresspassing on private property while "researching" this mind numbing "scoop"
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jan 27, 11 9:33 PM
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I TOLD YOU SO!!! LOL I love saying that, now just tell me how all you who voiced your opinions of doubt would like your crow cooked!!
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Jan 27, 11 10:26 PM
"Mr. Ramos said the lights have been on at the house where the invasion took place every night since the incident. He said he hadn’t met his neighbors, which he attributed, in part, to the cold weather and not being outside much. He said he has lived in his home for 15 years, but did not know how long his neighbors had been living in their 
home."

It's been too cold to go outside for 15 years? Funny how pstevens knew these people so well all the way in Delaware, yet no neighbors ...more
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Jan 27, 11 11:05 PM
congrats on ONE THOUSAND ERUDITE posts !!
By david h (405), southampton on Feb 4, 11 10:29 AM
All this- and right next to a school!
By artizt101 (29), Hampton Bays on Jan 28, 11 11:06 AM
No it was not near the school. Just on the same street magee street is a very long street.
By acl (5), southampton on Feb 2, 11 1:33 PM
its a full on APOCALYPSE ON MAGEE ST these days >>

.. starting from the north and working south Magee has every possible hampstons story & its got 27east comments sections raging!

lets see how accurate i can be .. and all pls feel free to add -->
1. home invasion shooting over drugs
2. local & 'non local' tenants (get my drift so i dont get deleted by big brother)
3. illegal cars registered in north carolina
4. home for sale $235,000, 4th yr on market, backs up ...more
By david h (405), southampton on Feb 4, 11 10:31 AM
Make it all legal . Tax it . END OF STORY
By Biba (564), East Hampton on Jan 29, 11 1:54 PM
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

~ Ronald Reagan
Feb 5, 11 12:29 AM appended by Mr. Z
It would seem they MISSED Part II, when it came to the derivatives market, and "unearned income".
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Feb 5, 11 12:29 AM
Thank God For RR
By joe hampton (3428), south hampton on Feb 5, 11 2:55 PM
thanks biba.

what else should we make legal, then tax?
By dogfacejones (81), Southampton on Feb 2, 11 7:57 AM
Prostitution?
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Feb 2, 11 1:04 PM
get a life
By acl (5), southampton on Feb 2, 11 1:33 PM
I can't beleive there would be drugs and prostition on the East End. What are they going to say on Plum TV?
By patrickstar (67), hampton bays on Feb 4, 11 12:30 PM
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If you believe there is no prostitution on the east end you have not been watching Plum TV
By joe hampton (3428), south hampton on Feb 5, 11 3:00 PM
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