Police: Man Attacks Jitney Bus Attendant With Bat Over Parking Space


A Southampton man was arrested Saturday afternoon after he was involved in a dispute with a Hampton Jitney bus attendant—an argument that ended with the man hitting the attendant with a baseball bat, according to Southampton Town Police.

Timothy Hedges, 55, became agitated when the bus pulled ahead of him in a parking lot off County Road 39 in Southampton, blocking multiple spaces at around 2:30 p.m., Town Police Sergeant John Boden said on Monday.

He said Mr. Hedges then exited his vehicle to voice his aggravation, swearing and yelling at the bus driver to move the bus. When the attendant came out to talk to him, Mr. Hedges proceeded to remove a baseball bat from his car and threaten the man with it.

A physical struggle ensued, leaving the attendant with a cut on his elbow from the bat, according to an incident report filed with authorities.

Mr. Hedges was arrested a short time later in the parking lot and charged with second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both misdemeanors, and second-degree harassment, a violation, police said.

He was taken to police headquarters in Hampton Bays and later released after posting $200 bail.

Couple Arrested After Fight

Southampton Town Police arrested a man and a woman on Sunday night after they were involved in a bloody domestic altercation that ended in assault charges being filed against both.

Authorities said Raymond Dockery, 45, of Riverhead and Danielle Rowley, 42, of Northampton were involved in a fight around 6:50 p.m. in her Pine Court home that escalated with Mr. Dockery attempting to strangle Ms. Rowley and she, in turn, hitting him over the head with a broken chair, drawing blood. Ms. Rowley also threw and broke several household items, totaling $1,060 in damages, according to an incident report.

Both were arrested at about 8:40 p.m. when officers were called to the house. Police declined to say what prompted the fight.

Mr. Dockery was charged with criminal strangulation, fourth-degree criminal mischief and third-degree assault, all misdemeanors, police said. They also said Ms. Rowley was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree assault and third-degree possession of a criminal weapon, all felonies.

Mr. Dockery was released after posting $250 bail, while Ms. Rowley posted $100 bail, according to police.

Harassing Calls Reported

An Eastport woman told Southampton Town Police that a man she identified as her former friend’s boyfriend called her nine times between 2:35 and 3:15 a.m. on July 17, insulting her and threatening to kill her.

The man, whom the woman knew only as Jesse, called twice more after officers arrived at the victim’s house on Tuttle Avenue. Though he stopped threatening violence, the man continued to call the woman names and repeatedly told her to stay away from his girlfriend.

Police advised the man to stop calling the woman and later went to his house, but no one answered the door, according to the incident report.

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