Orlando J. Roberts, 30, of Montauk was pulled over in front of Tiny Underwood’s Motel on West Lake Drive in that hamlet on the afternoon of Sept. 11 for allegedly talking on a cellphone while driving. Mr. Roberts got out of the car despite an officer’s telling him to stay inside, East Hampton Town police said.
When the officer ran Mr. Roberts’s license, he reportedly found that the insurance on the car had been suspended two weeks earlier. When the officer told Mr. Roberts that he was under arrest, Mr. Roberts reportedly walked away, headed toward the motel. With a second officer now on the scene, Mr. Roberts was told again that he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back, police said, but Mr. Roberts instead turned, challenging the officers to fight.
One of them told Mr. Roberts that he would be Tasered if he did not calm down, which he then did, getting handcuffed and placed in the back of a squad car. While in the car, Mr. Roberts reportedly tried to crawl through an opening in the cage into the front seat. The second officer told him to stop, when Mr. Roberts attempted to head-butt him, police said, leading both officers to pull Mr. Roberts out of the opening.
Mr. Roberts then allegedly head-butted the officer again, on the shoulder, and the effort propelled him out of the car and onto the ground, resulting in cuts and scrapes to the back of his head. But Mr. Roberts reportedly kept struggling, kicking both officers, who, in turn, held him down until he appeared to have relented. He was again placed in the back of the squad car.
This time, according to the report, Mr. Roberts kicked out the rear passenger window on the driver’s side. The sergeant in command at the time arrived, and with the two officers put leg restraints on Mr. Roberts and took him to Southampton Hospital, where he was treated.
He was then taken to headquarters for the night. At his arraignment the next morning, he faced multiple charges, including criminal mischief in the third degree, a felony, resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and two violations — physical harassment in the second degree and driving an uninsured vehicle. Bail was set at $15,000.
Because he was charged with a felony, the county district attorney’s office was required to bring an indictment within 144 hours, which it did not do, resulting in his release from the county jail in Riverside on Sept. 16. He has a future date in East Hampton Town Justice Court.
Scuffle Over Meds
Also in Montauk, Christopher J. Gettling, who is 37 and lives in Southampton, was arrested on Sunday at about 4 a.m. when police responded to a report of a fight on Fort Pond Boulevard. The responding officer reported finding Mr. Gettling in a dispute with a woman over medications she believed Mr. Gettling had taken from her. In the course of the investigation, the officer discovered that the woman had been issued an order of protection against Mr. Gettling by Southampton Town Justice Court.
Mr. Gettling was arrested. In court in East Hampton later that day, Justice Lisa R. Rana said that he was being charged with a felony, criminal contempt in the first degree, adding that it was a felony because he’d recently been convicted of a similar charge.
“At home I have a 91-year-old grandmother. She is dependent upon me for many things,” Mr. Gettling told Justice Rana, adding, “I have never failed to appear in court.”
“Let me tell you something,” the justice responded. “You have a huge criminal history. I hear what you’re saying about your grandmother, but you obviously weren’t there last night.” She set bail at $1,000.
On the morning of Sept. 10, police responded to a report of a fight on Montauk Boulevard in East Hampton. Ana Sanchez told police that two men had pushed their way into her house, looking for her teenage son, one of them brandishing an undisclosed weapon.
From photographs police showed her, she was able to identify the two men as well as the driver of the car they arrived in.
Police arrested Thomas Piacentine, 22, of East Hampton and charged him with criminal trespass in the second degree, a misdemeanor, and harassment in the second degree, a violation. Christopher J. Piacentine, 20, also of East Hampton, was arrested and charged with menacing with a weapon in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use it in the fourth degree, both of which are misdemeanors.