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Crimes Nearby: Bank Robber Caught

The following information was supplied by police departments on the East End. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate guilt.

Crimes Nearby: Bank Robber Caught


• Riverhead Police , who was already facing new charges of burglary and petit larceny in Nassau County, for reportedly robbing a Wading River bank nearly a month ago.
Robert Fornal, 41, of Bethpage, is charged with robbery in the third degree, and according to police was arraigned in Riverhead Justice Court. He is due back in court on Thursday.
Police reported that in Wading River and subsequently fled the scene of the crime.

• Following an East End Drug Task Force investigation, a .
According to Riverhead Police, Robert Trent, 22, of Riverhead, was arrested shortly after noon, and charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first degree. It was the in the area within the past week.
Following Monday's arrest, Trent was remanded to Suffolk County Jail and is due back in court on Friday.

• Two Riverhead men were arrested on March 3 after police said they were .
Julian Wright, 38, and Terrance Latimore, 34, were arrested around 1:30 p.m. According to reports, police responded to a 911 call about people lying in the roadway. Upon police arrival, the two reportedly continued to lie and walk in the roadway.
According to police reports, an officer attempted to interview Wright and Latimore, but both showed signs of an "extreme altered mental status consistent with the use of phencyclidine." Both were arrested on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, loitering, and appearance in public under the influence of narcotics.


• A man suspected in on Montauk Highway in Sagaponack was arrested shortly after the accident, according to police. said George Strobin, 43, of East Hampton, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with an injury, a misdemeanor.

• Derek Quinn, 42, of Southampton, was arrested March 10 at 1:21 a.m. in Southampton at the intersection of Prospect Street West and North Sea Road, according to Southampton Town police. Quinn was charged with DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the third degree and speeding, police said. Officers said Quinn was additionally charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree for possessing a small quantity of heroin that was recovered from a Newport cigarette box on the passenger seat of his vehicle.


• A drunken driver with a passenger in the car led police on a chase before crashing on March 3, according to.

Police said Christian M. Campoverde Lucero, who has since turned 33, was speeding in a 2000 Mazda MPV while going north on Springs-Fireplace Road, near Fort Pond Boulevard, in Springs at about 9:30 p.m. The officer activated his lights and sirens in an attempt to pull the vehicle over, but the defendant allegedly continued on, "at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner," according to the arrest report.

He made a left hand turn onto Hog Creek Road, where he continued on until pulling over near Locust Drive, police said. When police approached the vehicle, the driver took off, again, causing the officer to fall down on the pavement.


• Ryan Valek, 18, of Laurel, was charged with three counts of making graffiti and one count of third-degree criminal trespassing on March 13, after an investigation into a string of graffiti incidents that occurred during the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012 lead police to Valek, police said.
Valek is alleged to have used both spray paint and markers to "tag" a number of buildings and traffic signs throughout the Town of Southold, police said. The locations include the bathhouse at the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Park District Beach located on the Nassau Point Causeway, trailers located near the intersection of Route 48 and Cox Lane in Cutchogue, and a barn at Corey Creek Vineyard on Route 25 in Southold. Valek is charged with the misdemeanor count of third-degree criminal trespassing for unlawful entry into the barn at Corey Creek Vineyard, police said. Valek was released on bail and will be arraigned in the Southold Justice Court in mid-April.

• Karl Novak, 55, of Laurel was charged with driving while intoxicated on March 11 at 7 p.m., after police responded to an anonymous report of a possible drunk driver in a 2007 Chevy pickup truck heading west on Route 48 in Cutchogue, police said. Police observed Novak failing to stay within a traffic lane on Route 48 and found him to be intoxicated, police said. Novak failed roadside sobriety tests, was arrested and transported to police headquarters in Peconic where he was processed and lodged in a cell awaiting arraignment, police said.

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