Man Arrested For Punching Another Man Inside Flanders Bar


A fight between two men at a Flanders bar early Monday morning sent one to the hospital and the other to jail.

Wilner Vaca, 38, of Smithtown was arrested at 12:19 a.m. Monday at Rancho Latino on Flanders Road in Flanders and charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, after punching a man in the right eye, according to Southampton Town Police.

Police said both men were intoxicated at the time and got into a fight over a woman.

An employee of the restaurant called 911 to report the incident and the victim was transported by ambulance to the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where he was treated for swelling and bruising.

Mr. Vaca, meanwhile, was taken to police headquarters in Hampton Bays and held overnight for a 9 a.m. arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court, after which he was released on his own recognizance. He is due back in court on Wednesday, March 19.

Biz Owner: Employee

Stole more than $9,000

The owner of a Bridgehampton landscaping company told Southampton Town Police that he suspects one of his employees of stealing more than $9,000 from the business over the past nine months.

The owner of Hampton Rustic Landscape on Foster Avenue, reported on February 11 that one of his employees who oversees payroll had stolen $9,283 between last May and earlier this month. The victim said he reported the theft after his accountant discovered on February 7 that the money had gone missing.

Southampton Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said her division is investigating the complaint but declined to discuss the incident further. “It’s in its initial stages and I really can’t say anything more,” she said.

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