Hampton Bays Man Arrested After Police Said He Obstructed Investigation


A Hampton Bays man was arrested for bumping, throwing trash at and trying to punch a Southampton Town Police officer last week.

Victor Muralles, 23, was arrested by Town Police at 7:13 p.m. on April 20 and charged with second-degree obstructing government administration and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors, as well as second-degree harassment and littering, both violations, according to authorities.

Police said Mr. Muralles was one of several people present in a vacant lot on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays when a drunken altercation resulted in one man striking another man in the head with a baseball bat. Detectives said Mr. Muralles repeatedly interrupted the interrogation of a suspect in the assault that occurred earlier that evening by talking to the officer and to the suspect, who was eventually released.

At one point, Mr. Muralles bumped the interrogating officer, attempted to light a cigarette then threw his empty cigarette box at the officer’s feet, according to police.

As he was being arrested, Mr. Muralles swung his fists and kicked at the same officer in an attempt to avoid being handcuffed, police said. He was taken to Town Police headquarters for processing and later released on an appearance ticket.

Unlicensed Biker Attempts
To Flee Officers On Foot

A Flanders motorcyclist was arrested by Southampton Town Police after he attempted to flee police custody during a traffic stop last week.

After being stopped for speeding down Suffolk Avenue in Flanders on his 2001 Yamaha shortly after 8 p.m. on April 23, 30-year-old Esaw Laird dropped the bike and ran east toward a patch of woods, according to authorities.

Despite being told repeatedly to stop and that he was under arrest, Mr. Laird continued to run, officers said. He surrendered following a short pursuit.

Police found that Mr. Laird’s license had been suspended five times on three dates and he switched the plates on his motorcycle with another car.

Mr. Laird was charged with second-degree obstructing government administration, resisting arrest and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, all misdemeanors. He was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, having unsafe tires, operating a motorcycle without a motorcycle operator license, driving an unregistered, uninspected and uninsured vehicle, unlicensed operation of a vehicle, not wearing a helmet and improper license plates.

He was transported to police headquarters for processing and arraignment.

Flanders Woman Reports
Dog, Cable Box Stolen

A Flanders woman told authorities that she thinks her Pomeranian was stolen from her Oak Avenue home last week, along with her cable box.

After leaving her home for about three hours on April 23, the victim said she noticed the 15-pound pure breed was not in its cage in her backyard when she returned home at around 4:30 p.m. She also discovered that her cable box was missing from her living room.

The 4-year-old dog is golden brown and valued at $2,000, according to police.

Police are investigating the incident.

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