Cops & Crime

Man Arrested in Connection to Two North Fork Shootings

A gun used in an October 10 shooting in Riverhead was also found to be involved in an October 14 gang-related shooting in Southold, according to police, and now a man connected to both crimes has been arrested.

Riverhead police said that on October 10 they responded to Maple Avenue in Riverhead, where a man was found with two shots in his back. The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center, then transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital for emergency surgery.

Then on October 14, according to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office, MS-13 members in Southold spotted two members of the 18th Street gang, which whom MS-13 had a confrontation four days earlier at Third Street Park in Greenport. The 18th Street gang members were walking along Route 25 and South Harbor Road. During a confrontation, as many as five shots were fired from a .22 caliber handgun, the DA’s office stated. Southold police recovered a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun during the investigation.

That gun was found to be the same gun involved in the October 10 shooting. Police said investigation revealed Albino Dejesus Medina was involved in both shootings.

On November 12, Southold and Riverhead police teamed with the U.S. Marshals New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force and arrested Medina in Bay Shore. He was transported to the Southold Police Department and charged. Then on November 19, Medina was processed at the Riverhead Police Department and charged with first-degree assault, a felony.

He was arraigned in Riverhead Town Justice Court and remanded to the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverside.

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