Montauk Man Arrested For Allegedly Threatening Neighbors, Police With Knives


A 21-year-old Montauk man was arrested last week after he threatened his neighbors and police with a pair of knives, according to East Hampton Town Police.

Police said they responded to a call about an altercation involving a knife, involving Andy M. Cuello-Gonzalez and his neighbors, on Sunday, May 19, at 6:10 p.m. at their residence on Duryea Avenue in Montauk. When they arrived, officers heard yelling and sounds of things being thrown across the room from outside one of the apartments, they said.

When a male relative opened the door to the apartment, Mr. Cuello-Gonzalez was holding a large, black-handled knife with a square stainless steel blade in his right hand, according to officers. When they asked him to drop the knife, he became agitated and waved the knife around. One of the officers pointed a Taser at his chest, and in response he picked up another knife from the kitchen counter. An officer ordered him to drop the knives or he would be shot, but he did not comply and intended to use the knives, police said, before his male relative removed one from his left hand. When he realized the Taser’s red laser light was on his chest, he dropped the last knife and agreed to lie face down on the floor so police could arrest him.

Mr. Cuello-Gonzalez was highly intoxicated, officers said. Both neighbors said they wanted to press charges and get orders of protection against him.

He was charged with three counts of menacing in the second degree, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, all misdemeanors. He was arraigned the next morning and posted $300 bail.

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