Southampton Town Police said a Flanders man stole a tablet from an acquaintance and used excessive force while doing so on June 1.
Rony Geovanny Bonilla-Morales, 27, allegedly grabbed the victim, secured him in a headlock, then ran off with the victim’s knapsack which allegedly contained cash and a “tablet computer.” The two men knew each other, police said. The robbery occurred on Maple Avenue in Flanders.
The victim called police on his cell phone, and then ran after Bonilla-Morales. Detectives, aided by a New York State police K-9 unit, tracked Bonilla-Morales down at his residence, on the same street the robbery occurred.
Bonilla-Morales was placed under arrest and held overnight for a teleconference arraignment the next morning.
In other police news, Southold Town police arrested a 37-year-old Valley Stream man for allegedly driving while intoxicated in Peconic on Sunday, June 7, just after midnight. Gilberto Gregorio was stopped on Route 48 after an officer observed him failing to maintain his westbound lane of travel. He then failed a standardized field sobriety test, police said. According to a police report, officers spoke with an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old who appeared to be passengers in the vehicle. An investigation is ongoing, officials said, and further charges are possible.