Crimes Nearby: Well-Known Equestrian Shot, Killed in East Setauket

Ross Resiner, who had a horse farm in Mattituck, was hit after multiple shots were fired through a window.

Ross Reisner, right, with his longtime partner Kevin Murray Credit: Mimi Tashjian/Courtesy of Kim Tudor
Ross Reisner, right, with his longtime partner Kevin Murray Credit: Mimi Tashjian/Courtesy of Kim Tudor

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


well-known equestrian, who recently established a Mattituck horse farm, with a friend was killed in his East Setauket home on Tuesday evening. 

Ross Reisner, 50, was found shot in the chest in his house on Upper Sheep Pasture Road at about 8:45 p.m. Suffolk County police said the gunshot came through a window. No arrests have been made yet. 

"I'm in disbelief," Bobby Ginsberg, of Southampton, his childhood friend and business partner, said on Wednesday. "If somebody would have told me a car accident or a heart attack, or something you hear everyday, maybe it would have been easier. To hear he was murdered — I can't even believe it," he said. 


• A South Jamesport a man was arrested Thursday after police said he kicked in a door, stole a woman's bag, then fled the scene and crashed his van while drunk.

According to Riverhead police, Aaron Hallock, 37, was arrested at 1:21 p.m. after officers responded to a call about a door being kicked in at a South Jamesport home.

Police said Hallock removed the contents of a pocketbook before fleeing in a white van, then struck a utility pole. He ran from the scene, leading officers on a foot pursuit.

Hallock was placed under arrest and charged with burglary in the second degree, a felony, driving while intoxicated, a felony, and leaving the scene of an accident.

• Police have identified three men in the alleged robbery Wednesday of a CVS in Riverhead.

According to Riverhead police, Lavon Dawson, 17, of Riverhead, Ishawn Jackson, 16, of Calverton, and Jhmil Dawson, 26, of Coram, were arrested and charged with attempted robbery in the first degree, a felony. Dawson was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, also a felony. 

Police said they responded to CVS at 7 a.m., where two men had reportedly entered the store with a pistol. The two store employees were able to flee the store after being approached by the  men; they were able to set off a store alarm, police said. The suspects fled the scene without any money or other proceeds being taken.

They were located nearby; earlier, police had said they were located in a farm field, one suspect lying on the ground. Dawson had entered the store before the other two suspects to check on the number of people inside, police said.

Wednesday was the second time this year the store was robbed at gunpoint: Two masked, armed robbers held up a Riverhead CVS in January, police said.

• A suspect was nabbed on East Main Street in Riverhead early Wednesday while breaking into a gas station, police said. According to Riverhead police, Sundiata Evans, 20, was arrested at 4:01 a.m. after police got a call about a commercial burglar alarm going off at OK Petrol. Officers and a K-9 unit headed to the scene, where the front door was seen damaged. An officer spotted the defendant, who was trying to flee, inside. The K-9 unit apprehended Evans while still inside the building. Evans was arrested at the scene and charged with burglary in the third degree, a felony, criminal mischief in the third degree, a felony, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.


• Southampton Town police are investigating several incidents where fake $100 bills were passed off in Hampton Bays and East Quogue.

According to police, the most recent incident occurred on Sept. 16  when someone used a fake $100 bill to purchase a $2 Lotto scratch-off at the East Quogue Pizza & Deli on Montauk Highway before leaving with the ticket and $98 in real tender.

The person left in a car with a passenger in a dark colored vehicle.


• With just over five weeks to go until the election in November, election signs abound, but, in Bridgehampton, they are also disappearing. Several signs belonging to Jeff Mansfield, a Republican candidate for the Southampton Town Board, were reported stolen last week. When reached on Wednesday, Mansfield said five large signs were taken on two consecutive nights. One was even taken down in front of his house. 

• Someone broke into a home on Toppings Path on Sept. 16 and made off with about $2,500 worth of items. The break-in took place sometime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The thief reportedly entered through an unlocked sliding glass door, which the victim found ajar. About $2,200 worth of cash and coins were stolen, as well as $300 worth of hydrocodone and psychobenzaprine. Detectives are investigating the incident.

• Someone stole an Elliptigo bicycle while it was parked on Montauk Highway sometime between Sept. 13 and 15. The bike’s owner called 911 when she discovered it was missing at around 5:20 p.m. on Sept. 23. The orange bicycle was valued at an estimated $2,500. The investigation is ongoing.


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