Police: Woman Moves Man’s Jeep. Tosses Keys In Shinnecock Bay


A 62-year-old Hampton Bays woman is facing charges after she moved a Jeep parked near her house that did not belong to her and, when confronted by the vehicle’s owner, threw his keys into Shinnecock Bay and slapped him across the face, according to authorities.

Fredericka Hughes, who lives on White Lane, was arrested by Southampton Town Police and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, a misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment, a violation, after she entered the unlocked Jeep at around 7:30 p.m. on August 4 and backed it up using keys that were left in the vehicle’s cup holder, police said.

Police noted that Ms. Hughes did not move the vehicle very far when its owner, a 27-year-old man who lives on West Tiana Road, attempted to stop her. She then stopped the Jeep, excited it and threw the man’s set of keys into the bay before slapping him across the face, according to authorities. The victim contacted the police, and Ms. Hughes was arrested a short time later.

Sergeant Susan Ralph said she does not know why Ms. Hughes felt compelled to move the man’s Jeep and slap the victim across the face, or how the two know each other.

Ms. Hughes was transported to police headquarters in Hampton Bays, processed and released on an appearance ticket returnable to Southampton Town Justice Court at a later date.

Two Stranded In Bay

After Vessel Capsizes

A 12-foot fiberglass Gamefisher boat overturned on Sunday afternoon, sending its two passengers into the water near the Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays, according to Southampton Town Police.

Southampton Town Bay Constables responded to the call at about 1:55 p.m. and found the two boaters in the water. Both were transported to Station Shinnecock in Hampton Bays by the U.S. Coast Guard where they received treatment for minor injuries, according to police.

It is unclear what caused the vehicle, which was later towed from the water, to capsize.

Police did not release the identity of the boaters.

Wallet Stolen From

Bridgehampton T.J. Maxx

A Sag Harbor woman called authorities after someone stole her wallet after she mistakenly left it on a clothing rack at the T.J. Maxx in Bridgehampton last week.

The victim told Southampton Town Police that she recalls leaving her wallet on a rack of belts at around 4:20 p.m. on August 3, only to return a few minutes later to learn that it was missing. The woman said her wallet contained her driver’s license, health insurance ID card, debit and credit cards, as well as an $87.50 check made out to cash.

Police are waiting for surveillance footage from the Montauk Highway clothing store.

Woman Hit By Truck
Walking In Hampton Bays

A woman suffered minor injuries last week after she was hit by a black pickup truck while walking along the shoulder of Jackson Avenue in Hampton Bays, according to Southampton Town Police.

Authorities said the victim, who was hit at around 1:30 a.m. on August 5, was treated and released at the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead after being transported there by the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance.

Police said they did not know the extent of injuries suffered by the woman, or why she was walking along the side of the road. The victim told officers that a passing pickup truck hit and knocked her to the ground before driving away in an unknown direction.

Police are investigating the incident.

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