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Crimes Nearby: Teen Charged with Sexual Assault at Wainscott Rehab Facility

The 18-year-old male victim underwent surgery after assault on Sunday, police say.

Crimes Nearby: Teen Charged with Sexual Assault at Wainscott Rehab Facility Crimes Nearby: Teen Charged with Sexual Assault at Wainscott Rehab Facility

The following information was supplied by the East End police departments and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate guilt.


16-year-old from Rockville Centre sexually assaulted another teen at Phoenix House Academy in Wainscott on Sunday, East Hampton Town police said Monday morning. 

Police responded to the drug rehabilitation and treatment center for adolescent males on Industrial Road — not far from police headquarters — after a report of a victim of violence at about 5:10 p.m. They found an 18-year-old male victim had been assaulted. East Hampton Village Ambulance Association transported him to Southampton Hospital, where he underwent surgery and has been admitted. 

Joseph M. Cardinali was charged with aggravated sexual abuse in the first-degree, a felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, on Sunday. He was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court Monday morning. 


Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the couple who  robbed the Corner Closet in Sag Harbor at gunpoint on Tuesday night.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and the Sag Harbor Village Police Department released a sketch of the male robber on Wednesday night. They are asking for the public's help in identifying him and locating both robbers.

On Tuesday, at about 6 p.m., a man and a woman went into the store at 108 Main Street and displayed a handgun. They forced a woman — whom  The Sag Harbor Expressidentified as the store owner, Seena Stromberg — to the back of the store, into a storage area, where  her legs and hands were tied up. She was able to get free from restraints and exited the store, at which time the employee asked someone to call 911, village police said.

The robbers than went back to the front of the store where they stole designer handbags, scarves and other accessories.

According to a statement from the county police on Wednesday night, police believe the two fled in a late 1990s or early 2000s four-door white domestic sedan.

Police described the man as Hispanic, approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall with brown hair and in his late 20s to early 30s. He was wearing a black sweatshirt and jeans. The woman was described as Hispanic, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall with brown hair and in her late 20s to early 30s. She was wearing a fuchsia sweater vest over a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans.


• A street brawl involving a knife heated up again in the emergency room at Eastern Long Island Hospital early Sunday, leaving three men and hospital staffers injured, police said. According to Southold Town police, a 36-year-old Greenport man, 24-year-old Shelter Island man, and a 33-year-old Southold man, were involved in a fight that broke out in the emergency room of Eastern Long Island Hospital at 12:31 a.m. 

The three men had gone to ELIH for injuries sustained in an earlier brawl in the Adams Street parking lot in Greenport, at about 12:15 a.m., police said. Upon arrival at the emergency room, another fight broke out among the men, police said. Hospital staff sustained minor injuries while breaking up the fight.

Police said it appeared that a knife "or similar type cutting instrument" was used by at least one of those involved in the Adams Street altercation. Two of the men sustained serious lacerations and were treated at ELIH, police said; a third man, who was injured seriously, was transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital.

Police said no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Southold Police Department at (631) 765-2600.

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