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Jul 23, 2012 6:21 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Cops: Woman Sexually Assaulted In Southampton On Sunday

Jul 25, 2012 9:26 AM

Southampton Town Police are searching for two men suspected of dragging a woman into the woods along County Road 39 in Southampton early Sunday morning and sexually assaulting her.

The victim, a 38-year-old woman, was walking eastbound along the northern side of the road near the Southampton Elks Lodge at about 4:30 a.m. when she was forced into a wooded area by the men, and assaulted, police said, offering no other information beyond the fact that it was a sexual assault. She was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for further evaluation, Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said.

Town Police and Suffolk County Police helicopters, along with a Riverhead Town Police K-9 unit, conducted a search for the two men, but they were not located.

Both men are suspected of assaulting the woman, but police said they had few other details.

Police did not release information on the assault until asked by The Press on Monday evening about reports of police activity in that area early Sunday. They said further details, including sketches of the perpetrators, would be available on Tuesday, but the sketches were not ready, and the only additional description of the perpetrators police released was that they were “Hispanic males.”

There are many sexually motivated assaults on the East End, especially during the summer, with the influx in population, police said. Police largely do not release details on crimes of a sexual nature, saying that is done to protect victims.

Southampton Town Police Chief William Wilson Jr. said police would not discuss the details of the assault to protect the victim and the investigation. “If there’s any message we can put across, it would just be for everyone to be aware of their surroundings,” he said.

When asked about online criticism directed at the police for their delay in sharing information, the chief noted that his main concern was the crime victims, not media releases. He noted that his department was busy piecing together a case, lacks a public information officer and releases information when it can.

“I’m far more concerned that the investigators are investigating the crimes than they are releasing details about the crimes,” he said. “I realize everybody thinks that life is like an episode of ‘CSI,’ and a crime occurs at 10 p.m., and by 11 p.m. people are convicted and in jail—but that’s simply not the reality of the situation.”

Det. Sgt. Costa said anyone with information on the crime should call Town Police detectives at 702-2230 or email detectives at crimetips@southamptontownny.gov.

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So that explains them poring over the parking lot at the old Treasure Inn when I was headed to Hampton Bays around 6 AM.

This neighborhood is really turning into a classy joint...
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Jul 23, 12 6:30 PM
>> "the road near the Southampton Elks Lodge"

That's traditionally been a troublesome neighborhood for females, dating back to the late 1980s.
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Jul 23, 12 6:48 PM
Sorry to read this but what is a woman doing alone on the street at 430 AM? No one deserves to have this happen at any time of the day but a little common sense might be in order.
By TomD (2), Westhampton Beach on Jul 23, 12 6:51 PM
Maybe her car broke down. The question is, what are two men doing hiding in the bushes at 0430?
By theprogram (37), east quogue on Jul 23, 12 8:28 PM
You're an insensitive person and no you're not that sorry if you have the nerve to suggest that a grown adult not be there at that time..What are we the prisoners ???.You don't know the circumstances.....Women don't have the freedom to be out at that time of the morning???!!!Maybe she had a 5am appointment or maybe she works at the drycleaners right there!!!!
By lursagirl (241), southampton on Jul 23, 12 9:32 PM
Police did not release information on the assault until asked about the incident by The Press on Monday evening.

What is going on? This is the third incident in 2 weeks where the police have been slow giving information to the press.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jul 23, 12 8:34 PM
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a sexual assualt on sunday am. pictures to come out tuesday!! like the Sister who was hit pictures to come out when?????? a week later. Is this a new way of investigating crimes in SH town or a new way of keeping things under the vest, as it were, by the new regime??? Hope not as we people in this town need to know that the police are working for us. More tranparency is the obvious answer.
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jul 23, 12 8:35 PM
ATH is giving the orders-feels town will look better if they hide the negative press.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jul 23, 12 9:04 PM
And did you hear about the car that ran into a house a couple of weeks ago in the village? No? It happened... hmmmmm
By greentree (4), North Sea on Jul 23, 12 9:37 PM
New town police policy: we wont be reporting any crimes until after Labor Day. Tourists dont like to hear about crime in "paradise". Guess what? They already know. Take a look around and see who is standing around on street corners in every town out here now. Would you come to "paradise" next year?
Starting to look like a 3rd world country. We can all thank the SHPD for not doing anything about people loitering 5 years ago when Steve Levy asked and their answer was " We're not immigration" As ...more
By jim (48), hampton bays on Jul 24, 12 12:24 AM
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This is a very tragic incident people should be safe and feel safe at anytime in this country. But sometimes being known as the Hamptons we think we are in a paradise immune from crime or safety issues. Guess what we are not, just read past police blotters of woman attacked at the beach in broad day light! This poor woman didn't realize the scum that drives CR39 at 430 from local out of control bars in Southampton and points east. The reality is woman can't walk alone at the beach or unpopulatated ...more
By chief1 (2784), southampton on Jul 24, 12 8:00 AM
In a more civilized world people are provided with reasonable transportation alternatives at any hour of the day or night. We can afford such things but the era of greed prevents their implementation. It was not a good choice for a woman to be walking alone at that hour on the highway. Perhaps it was her only choice. My heart goes out to her. To quote my 90 year old mother, the perpetrators of this violent assault should be hanged by choice parts of their anatomy.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jul 24, 12 11:49 AM
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I have to wonder why this woman was walking on the side of the highway at 4:30 am....if her car broke down or if she was in any trouble, she should have stayed put and called 911. That's just what you do. The police would have been there in a flash! Nonetheless, no one deserves to be attacked because of poor judgement. I think our citizens should be just as concerned about all of these "coverups" and the quashing of negative press regarding crime in this town. If the Town Supervisor is giving hush ...more
By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on Jul 24, 12 11:55 AM
"In a flash?" hardly! The response time is terrible for the Town Police. I know wait times can be more than an hour. Unless the crime is imminent, you'd be lucky to see a patrol car before sunrise in that instance. I haven't seen a police presence in the North Sea and Shinnecock Hills area in weeks. I love what Chief Wilson is doing but he needs to fix this problem fast or there won't be much of an image to protect.
By banina81 (11), Sag Harbor on Jul 25, 12 1:53 AM
Wonder away!!! You don't know the circumstances and we are free to walk along roadways at anytime of the day in this country aren't we??? Those speculations are cold and inappropriate Sisboombonacker......Always looking for fault in the victim first....What is up with that????
By lursagirl (241), southampton on Jul 24, 12 1:08 PM
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Male or female walking alone anywhere at 430am is looking for trouble. Use some common sense.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jul 24, 12 4:01 PM
People saying "why was she there...?" "use common sense" etc are no better than rape apologist who say similar things and infer that the victims are to blame.
"Walking alone anywhere at 4:30 am is looking for trouble." Are you serious? Same as saying: "if you dress like that you're asking for trouble"
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Jul 24, 12 4:15 PM
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Why were descriptions of the alleged perps not immediately released? Could it be because they are a protected class of people?
By bigfresh (4591), north sea on Jul 24, 12 5:10 PM
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Do any of you read your own comments and wonder if you were actually thinking when you posted them? 9/10 posts on this site are made by the same group of people who have never had a positive thing to say about anything in the area. You bad mouth the cops, the politics, your own neighbor volunteers, and the neighborhoods. If it is so horrible here, move away or dont come out here at all. It would cut down on the population and the area's average IQ would rise significantly. You cause problems, not ...more
By BlackLab (40), Southampton on Jul 24, 12 10:17 PM
agreed....some think big flowery words equal intellegence. Baffle em with BS!
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Jul 25, 12 8:39 AM
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seriously? more local hispanic crime with no photos or description released? giving them able time to flee the area, again.
good luck finding them now.
im all for protecting the victim of a crime- but what about the rest of us who could be in danger?
By katydoo (6), hampton bays, on Jul 25, 12 7:22 AM
ample- not able. and im sure ill get flack about saying hispanic- what this refers too- is that many are undocumented- unknown- and able to leave the area at any time after commiting a crime.
By katydoo (6), hampton bays, on Jul 25, 12 7:26 AM
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This story sounds very fishy-circumstances, inconsistencies with regular procedure,etc. It should be interesting to learn the detail as the emerge, but until then people should not be so quick to pass judgement on the victim or the alleged attackers.
By S'hamptonNative (83), Southampton on Jul 25, 12 2:24 PM
Time for ICE to make a sweep of the area , starting by stopping the busses from Riverhead that disgorge a mob of day laborers a few times each morning on North Sea Road by the 7-11. How about checking the documentation of the men loitering for the purpose of working for cash and thereby violating tax law?! Time to fight back against this invasion. We have no way of knowing who is here and what their background is, could be that they are all hardworking soiuls only guilty of being here illegally. ...more
By bigfresh (4591), north sea on Jul 25, 12 5:03 PM
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Listen, do I agree with the bigotry of big fresh, no. But once again, you seem to gloss right over the ILLEGAL word. I just don't understand it. "bf just wants to get those damn illegals who all happen to be Hispanic out of our white neighborhoods". Well yes, if they are ILLEGAL they should be out of our white neighborhoods. And black neighborhoods. And Hispanic neighborhoods. Why is that so hard to grasp?
By bubby (236), southampton on Jul 26, 12 11:05 AM
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Phil, I agree with you. Not all Hispanics are illegal. But it seems that quite a few people on these boards gloss over the fact that Illegals are breaking the law just by being here. Someone commented the other day" just because they are here illegally doesn't make the, criminals". Well, yes, actually it does. I thought from your wording in your post that that was where you were going.
By bubby (236), southampton on Jul 27, 12 7:49 PM
Roughly 80% of the illegal immigrant population is of Hispanic descent.

It's not racial profiling, it's statistically normal that an illegal immigrant will probably be Hispanic.

Burn the "pity card" already...
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Jul 28, 12 10:28 PM
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sounds like a made up story
By Jaws (244), Westhampton Beach on Jul 25, 12 11:14 PM
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Yea, something is not right...
By S'hamptonNative (83), Southampton on Jul 26, 12 12:23 AM
In the wise words of Tupac: "And since we all came from a woman, got our name from a woman and our game from a woman. I wonder why we take from our women , why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think it's time to kill for our women, time to heal our women, be real to our women." looks like I should pick up some pepper spray from the Sag Harbor pharmacy after all..
By tranquility1985 (25), Westhampton on Jul 26, 12 9:20 AM
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"Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.

Obliged ...more
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Jul 28, 12 10:10 PM
To bigfresh: How about arresting all the white employers who hire these illegeals and pay them cash off the books. The ones hiring, not the hired are the ones breaking the law. Illegals would not be here if they could not find work.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jul 26, 12 9:28 AM
I agree that hiring ANYONE and paying cash is a crime and should be prosecuted. Being in this great nation ILLEGALLY is also a crime and the criminals should also be prosecuted.
By bigfresh (4591), north sea on Jul 26, 12 12:15 PM
My point is that the only reason they are here is because we are hiring them.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jul 26, 12 12:17 PM
Free medical care, welfare, foodstamps, social security and education for their kids doesn't hurt either.
By bigfresh (4591), north sea on Jul 27, 12 6:32 AM
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These two are in another State with new phony IDs and jobs.Free to rape more women. They really love the USA
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Jul 27, 12 10:27 AM
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By milkdilk (49), Southampton on Jul 30, 12 11:11 AM
Hispanic Males..surprise surprise
Well done liberals...now it's not even safe for women to walk down the street
Tell me again how they're here for a better life??
By Kaiser Sozay (31), east end on Jul 31, 12 10:05 PM
Here we go again with a detective telling us the southampton Town PD is not like CSI. Anyone that has dealt with these incompetant idiots can confirm they have nothing in common with csi.
By chief1 (2784), southampton on Aug 1, 12 12:02 AM
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