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Defendant in Home Invasion Released 1 Day Before, Prison Records Show

Alexander C. Haje, who was arrested in connection to an East Hampton home invasion, served time for robbing a bank and phoning in a bomb threat.

The day before a Southampton man allegedly committed what police called "a brutal home invasion" in East Hampton this July, he was released from prison, where he served time on felony charges related to robbing a bank and calling in a bomb threat about the Smith Haven Mall.

According to New York State Department of Corrections records, Alexander C. Haje was released on parole from the Queensboro Correctional Facility in Long Island City on July 26 after serving a 2.5 to 4-year sentence.

The very next day, according to East Hampton Town police, Haje, 26, went with another man to a cottage in Maidstone Park looking for drugs and money. They lured the resident outside, assaulted him, and then forced him inside, where he was robbed of cash, credit cards, and electronics.

Haje was held without bail after his arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Thursday, due to his prior felony offender status, according to Police Detective Lt. Chris Anderson. The second man remains at large.

In February 2009, Haje was arrested after he robbed a Bank of Smithtown branch in Centereach, according to WABC News at the time.

Haje, who was then 22 and living in South Setauket, reportedly approached a teller with what looked like a semi-automatic handgun. He handed over a note demanding cash and threatened to shoot. The teller handed over money, and hit the silent alarm.

Suffolk County Police Department Sixth Precinct officers searched for the suspect and found a man, acting suspiciously. He reportedly had a knife, seen coming out of his pocket, and was wearing dark-colored makeup on his face. They took him into custody and found he had a pellet pistol, a wig and the cash from the bank.

The Major Case squad discovered that before Haje robbed the bank, he allegedly called in a bomb-threat at the Smith Haven Mall to try and distract officers. "Unfortunately for Haje, authorities say the officers responding to the threat were coming from a different area than those who responded to the bank," WABC News said.

Haje was charged with one count of second-degree robbery and one count of second-degree falsely reporting an incident, a Class E felony punishable of up to 4 years in prison.

Prison records show that he was serving time for the latter charge and third-degree robbery, a Class D, non-violent felony under the statue, which is punishable of 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison. He began his sentence on July 24, 2009, records show.

He became eligible for parole in Sept. 2011. A hearing was held in June 2012.

Standing in shackles in court on Thursday, Haje told the judge he was working part-time as a sterilization technician at East End Dialysis Management in Riverhead for the past two months. He moved into his current residence in Southampton about a month ago, he said.

In the East Hampton case, detectives believe the pair mistakenly went to the wrong house and that they were actually trying to rob another man of drugs and money.

That wasn't Haje's first mistake: According to WABC, Haje's attempt to distract police with the phony bomb threat would never have worked because different precincts patrol the Centereach bank and the Smith Haven Mall.

Chuck October 26, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Although I generally support our Governor, Andrew Cuomo, we should all take note of his current policy of closing upstate prisons. While obviously a Liberal cause, he is also supported and pressured in this endeavor by Black Activists. Closing these upstate prisons is a primary cause for early release of felons like the one above, not to mention the dirt bag that killed Nassau PO Artie Lopez this week.
eh October 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Our community is seeing more and more violent crime involving the drug element we need to put more resources into fighting this locally - our police dept is understaffed, regardless of budget they should be fully staffed
local Business owner October 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Understaffed?????. All you see out here are police cars circling. We have plenty and I'm sure they were excited to catch this guy
John Anderson October 26, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Haje's actions strongly suggest that he was not fully rehabilitated.
Walter Noller October 26, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Police presence is a fair deterrant and while I want to know they're made more than a cursory trip down my block, I don't want others to know when they'll make another. The fact is, we have a liberal justice system and use overcrowding as reason for early release and plea bargaining ( Let's Make A Deal). Let's, however count the charges... 1, bomb threat, 2, bank robbery, 3, this incident and can we add questionable citizenry? Had that been added (if correct) in the first place, the three strikes rule should have been invoked. Trials, I'm sure are expensive, so why not get our monies worth and make sure a person actually pays their debt to society and make it something they'd never want to encounter again. No TV, no conjugal visits, email, weight room... let them work off their debt. And if they find themselves in jail forever, due tot he three strikes rule,so be it. I'll sleep better at night, heartless SOB that I am.
Boo October 26, 2012 at 05:04 PM
So sick of offenders being paroled and committing crimes again. Doesn't that tell you something about them????Throw away the key and we will all be safer.
Kevin Gray October 26, 2012 at 05:44 PM
A little "water boarding" would be appropriate to find the other perp. Maybe let the victim have a few minutes with this punk, "one on one."
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 06:00 PM
According to State Prison records, Mr. Haje is a Native American.
Walter Noller October 26, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Taylor, Sad we've been given every right to even think in that manner. Unfortunately, as a standing law, it's allowed to be broken time and time again by culpable (IMHO) politicians. But, it looks like strike three and the dug out has bars on the windows.
Walter Noller October 26, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Kevin, Make that "Gray-water boarding".... Not a reflection on you, but why waste the good stuff.
Eric drew October 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM
This is exactly why ny needs the castle doctrine .... A Castle Doctrine (also known as a Castle Law or a Defense of Habitation Law) is an American legal doctrine that designates a person's abode (or, in some states, any place legally occupied, such as a car or place of work) as a place in which the person has certain protections and immunities and may in certain circumstances use force, up to and including deadly force, to defend against an intruder without becoming liable to prosecution.[1] Typically deadly force is considered justified, and a defense of justifiable homicide applicable, in cases "when the actor reasonably fears imminent peril of death or serious bodily harm to himself or another".[1] The doctrine is not a defined law that can be invoked, but a set of principles which is incorporated in some form in the law of most states.
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Sean the truth December 12, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Listen here it is Suffolk is a rich environment millions n taxes ..expensive living wtf if u can't afford life and all u no is bad u try to not hurt ppl and maintain ur sence of money gettin life style but u can't get around shits spread out h do what h have to and u don't care about the consequence till its being done .. Godless all an keep ppl safe but wtf does the world do to guaranteed a living .. Somtimes u gotta do bad to make good don't give this man no 10 years give him a chance besides the only kne hurt was a bitch ads niggas in the hamptons I mean fuck thank you ng for ur sence of direction and to those who don't get it do what u can

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