Cops & Crime

Cops: Armed, Machete-Wielding Men Raid House of Prostitution

Two people were injured Saturday evening when a group of men with guns and machetes invaded a Riverside house that was being used for prostitution, according to police.

Southampton Town police said that at 6:19 p.m. multiple people called to report a home-invasion robbery at 131 Old Riverhead Road. The men tied up several occupants of the house with rope before robbing them, authorities said. When police arrived, the robbers fled, as well as some men who had been frequenting the house.

Two people suffered knife wounds and were treated at a hospital then released.

Police determined 29-year-old Cristian R. Perez-Garcia was operating a prostitution business. He reported more than $3,500 in cash was taken from him. Other occupants had phones, wallets and credit cards stolen.

Perez-Garcia was charged with third-degree promoting prostitution, a felony, and held overnight for arraignment. Two women were charged with prostitution, a misdemeanor, and released with a court date later this month.

New York State and Southampton Village police assisted with the investigation. Police ask anyone with information to call 631-702-2230.

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