Melee at Hampton Bays Diner


Two men were arrested Saturday on felony charges after police broke up a large fight at the Hampton Bays Diner on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays at around 2:45 a.m.

When officers from the town and New York State Police arrived on the scene, they found Jesus Matute, 33, of Flanders and Victor Becerra, 29, of Sag Harbor bleeding from lacerations to their arms and faces. Both men were arrested and charged with felony criminal mischief in the third degree.

Police report that both men had been removed from the diner for being unruly and that they then tried to re-enter the building by breaking the glass of a rear window and door. Both were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for treatment to their wounds, where they were charged and ordered to appear in Southampton Town Justice Court at a later date.

Burglary Arrests

Southampton Town Police arrested two men who they say burglarized a home in Westhampton earlier this month and assaulted one of the occupants.

Matthew Gilligan, 20, of Flanders and Kelly Marucci, 21, of Riverhead were both charged with burglary in the first and second degree, both felonies, and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor.

The incident occurred on January 19 at 4:35 p.m. in the Hampton West Estates subdivision. According to police, the men entered the home demanding cash from a resident and then assaulted the victim. The intruders were identified by the victim, which led to the arrests, according to police.

Mr. Gilligan was arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court on January 20 and taken to Suffolk County Jail with bail set at $30,000. Mr. Marucci was held in the Southampton Town Detention Center for arraignment on Friday.

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