Crimes Nearby: 21-Year-Old Shot, Killed in Flanders

Also: Southampton Town and Riverhead officials investigating 10 Dumpster fires.


• A 21-year old Flanders man died after he was shot in the chest on Sunday morning.

Demitri Hampton, was reportedly shot in the chest by two armed men who entered his home at 200 Priscilla Ave., according to Suffolk County police, who were alerted after they received a 911 call at about 3:15 a.m. Hampton was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead where he was pronounced dead.

Suffolk County police homicide detectives are investigating. As of Wednesday evening, no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

• Several Dumpster fires were reported in Riverhead between Saturday and Tuesday.

According to Riverhead police, a call was received on Tuesday at 6:34 a.m. about two fires, located in Dumpsters at the east and north sides of the Eastern Harley Davidson buiding on Route 58. The fires were extinguished by the Riverhead Fire Department, police said.

Tuesday's Dumpster fires follow five in Riverhead since Saturday, including a fire in a trash compactor behind T.J. Maxx on Route 58 on Saturday. Police and the Riverhead Town Fire Marshal's office are investigating the incidents.

Similar Dumpster fires have also been reported in Westhampton Beach and Hampton Bays.


• Southampton Town fire marshals are also investigating a series of Dumpster fires that were reported over the weekend in its jurisdiction.

Firefighters from across the area were at the scene of a total of 10 dumpster fires between Riverhead and Westhampton; 5 in Riverhead, 3 in Hampton Bays and 2 in Westhampton Beach.

"It seemed really suspicious that there were two dumpsters on fire at the same time that were 100 feet apart," said Chip Bancroft, Chief of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department.


• A Southold Town Police K9 unit was called to the scene of a reported gun threat incident at Mr. Roberts Convenience Store in Greenport on Jan. 23 at 9:43 p.m., Police Chief Martin Flatley confirmed last week.

The K9 unit searched the area and did find a pellet gun, but the weapon could not be tied to a specific person’s possession, the chief said.

“It ended up that the victim could not substantiate a charge,” Flatley said.


• Southampton Town police said that sometime on Jan. 25 in Sag Harbor, an unknown person broke the glass on a victim's front door with a hand or fist and entered the residence. The suspect allegedly went through the complainant's cabinets and refrigerator, filling a canvas sack belonging to the victim with food and liquor. The suspect, police said, then left the residence via a back sliding door and walked next door to an unoccupied neighbor's residence, where the sack with the stolen food and liquor was left. Police said the theory is that the suspect may have been spooked by the homeowner's return. The items stolen were a bottle each of Percocet and Vicodin, police said. A New York State K-9 unit was summoned to the scene; a positive trail was found out to Main Street and Stony Hill, where the trail went cold. Blood and the bag of evidence was found at the scene.


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