Man vs. Man, Men vs. Women

    A bloody fight broke out at the Surf Lodge in Montauk in the early-morning hours of Aug. 14. According to police reports and statements made in court during his arraignment, police arrived a little after 4 a.m. to find Philip W. Vernier, 27, of Brooklyn, a cook at the restaurant, in the basement, covered with dried blood. Mr. Vernier had allegedly, after a violent argument, pushed a fellow employee, Ivo Juhani, to the ground, pinning him and punching him repeatedly in the face, beating him so badly that his nose was smashed and he required 14 stitches to close the lacerations on his face.
    Police who responded to distress calls believed both men to be intoxicated.
    Mr. Juhani, who was lying down upstairs when police found him, reportedly said he did not want to press charges, but changed his mind the next day after being taken to Southampton Hospital and seeing a plastic surgeon.
    Police then contacted Mr. Vernier, who turned himself in on Aug. 23 at about 5 a.m. He was charged with assault in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor, with bail set later that morning at $750 by East Hampton Town Justice Catherine Cahill. Justice Cahill also issued an order of protection for Mr. Juhani. Mr. Vernier told the court that he was no longer employed by the Surf Lodge.
    Another Montauk arrest on the same charge at a different hostelry happened at about 8 a.m. on Aug. 29, when police were called to the Montauk Manor, where a guest reported hearing a woman in another room sobbing and yelling several times over a two-hour period. An officer knocked on the door to the room, and John J. Oxios of Mineola answered. According to the report, he had small cuts on his right knuckle.
    In the room the officer could see Judy Marino, also of Mineola, who reportedly had a bad cut on her nose, a blackened right eye, and swollen, bleeding lips and gums.
    Mr. Oxios was charged with third-degree assault. Ms. Marino was taken to Southampton Hospital, where she requested an order of protection against Mr. Oxios.
    Because the processing back at headquarters was not completed until after the day’s arraignments were over, Mr. Oxios had to spend the next 24 hours in a holding cell. Those cells are not designed for comfortable sleepovers.
    Bail was set the next day at $500.
    Town police responded to a call on the morning of Aug. 4 reporting a fight at Montauk’s Ditch Plain parking lot, and interviewed Kelsi Cleary-Hammerstaadt  of Fayetteville, N.Y., who said she’d been fighting on the beach with a Montauk man, Chris Poli, 19. Ms. Cleary-Hammerstaadt reportedly told officers that Mr. Poli had punched her several times in the face and then begun choking her. She fought back in self-defense, she said, until a Ditch Plain man walking his dog came to her aid.
    Mr. Poli then went off down the beach. Upon being arrested the next day, he too told police he had acted in self-defense. He was charged with assault in the third degree and criminal obstruction (choking). Both are class A misdemeanors. Justice Lisa Rana set bail at $500.
    Ms. Cleary-Hammerstaadt  was taken to Southampton Hospital after the incident, where she was treated for her injuries and released.


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