Southampton couple arrested for leaving infant alone in car

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The parents of a 9-week-old girl were arrested this week after they left their newborn unattended inside a running car for 20 minutes while they watched the Kentucky Derby on Saturday evening, according to Southampton Town Police.

Krystal Rose Downes, 24, and Jhimy Alban Vintimilla, 28, both of Southampton left their infant daughter inside the car while they watched horse racing inside the Off Track Betting facility on County Road 39 in Southampton, according to police.

Town Police Sergeant James Kiernan explained that the infant, who was found in the couple’s 2005 Toyota RAV4, was inside the vehicle for two hours and 20 minutes, but only left alone for about 20 minutes. He said Ms. Downes and Mr. Vintimilla took turns watching their daughter.

After questioning Ms. Downes about the incident, police said she told them that the did not think she was putting her child in an unsafe situation. She told officers that they had kept the car running with the heat turned on, even though such action could have subjected the infant to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Ms. Downes and Mr. Vintimilla were arrested at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the OTB parking lot after officers observed that the child had been left unattended in the vehicle. Both were charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Their infant daughter was turned over to a family member while the couple were processed by police.

Sgt. Kiernan noted that a few days after the incident, he received a call from a witness who said she observed the same infant being left alone inside a car in the same location two weeks prior. Police said they alerted Suffolk County Child Protective Services of the two incidents.

Drug Arrest in East Quogue

Two men were charged with drug possession Friday night after leading Town Police on a brief car chase on Montauk Highway in East Quogue.

At around 7:30 p.m., police said they observed Bruce E. Loper, 48, of East Quogue, and Curtis Spruill, 24, of Riverhead purchase drugs at a location on Montauk Highway. When police pulled up behind the two men as they sat in a parked car, they attempted to drive away.

Police said they followed the driver, identified as Mr. Spruill, until he stopped his 2005 Cadillac near the intersection of Central Avenue and Montauk Highway. Upon inspection of the vehicle, officer said they found crack cocaine on the floor of the car and in Mr. Spruill’s pocket. Police said some of the drug was packaged for sale.

Mr. Loper was charged with two counts each of third-degree, fourth-degree and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all felonies, according to police. Mr. Spruill was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police said the arrests were made as part of an ongoing drug investigation.

Armed Robbery in Flanders

Two men were arrested last weekend after Town Police said they committed an armed robbery at a home in Flanders on Friday.

Police said Nick M. Lopez, 22, and Jamie D. Brown, 18, both of Flanders, entered a home on Riverside Avenue at 5 p.m. on Friday with one of them brandishing a silver handgun. Police did not say which man held the weapon, but noted that no rounds were discharged during the robbery. It is also unclear how many people were inside the home at the time of the incident.

Mr. Lopez and Mr. Brown stole $200 in cash, a cell phone and a copy of the Grand Theft Auto video game, according to police. Detectives said that the men knew the victims, but declined to elaborate further.

Mr. Lopez was arrested on Brookhaven Avenue in Flanders at 11 p.m. on Saturday, while Mr. Brown turned himself in to police at around 6 p.m. on Sunday. Both were charged with first-degree robbery, a felony, though police said additional charges could be tacked on by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

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