Cops Charge Teen-Party ‘Bouncer’

Robert Andrade allegedly collected entry fees at the door of Springs house
Robert Andrade, right, left East Hampton Town Justice Court last Thursday after he was arraigned on four misdemeanor charges related to an alleged under-age party house in Springs. T.E. McMorrow

East Hampton Town police made a second arrest involving an alleged under-age party house on Neck Path in Springs, this time of a man they say acted as a bouncer for at least two of the parties there. 

Robert Andrade, 41, “collected currency at the door” as entrance fees to the house, said Rudy Migliore Jr., the assistant district attorney who handled Mr. Andrade’s arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court last Thursday.

One of the parties beginning the night of Dec. 2, lasted about 30 hours, police said; the other occurred on Dec. 9.

The owner of the house, Jefferson Davis Eames, was arrested on March 2, on numerous charges related to those and other gatherings at the house that police say involved under-age alcohol and drug use. 

Mr. Andrade has been charged with four misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was arrested on March 8, and was released from police custody with an appearance ticket for last Thursday’s arraignment after posting $100 bail. Justice Lisa R. Rana agreed not to increase the bail amount. 

Mr. Andrade’s attorney, Trevor Darrell, entered a not-guilty plea to the charges. Justice Rana issued an order of protection from the bench, requiring Mr. Andrade to have no contact with a minor whom the police interviewed. “I’m going to tell you now, if you violate this order, if you have any issues at all,” she said, bail would be revisited.

Mr. Andrade said during his arraignment that he moved to Southampton two weeks ago, but had previously lived in Amagansett and graduated from East Hampton High School.

After the arraignment, Mr. Darrell questioned the strength of the case, saying that it was based on the testimony of a minor who seemed unsure of the dates in the complaint.

Mr. Eames was also on the court calendar last Thursday. He was charged on March 2 with 13 misdemeanors, including 9 charges of endangering the welfare of a minor, and one felony related to allegedly providing a quarter tablet of Xanax to a 16-year-old girl at his residence. Besides those charges, he is facing five other sets of charges in East Hampton, the oldest of which is a harassment charge from 2015.

Before Mr. Eames was called, Justice Rana sat down for a private conference with Eileen Powers, who represents Mr. Eames in all but the oldest case, and Mr. Migliore to address the many charges Mr. Eames is facing. That discussion lasted well over an hour.

When they returned to the courtroom, Justice Rana announced that she would hold a bench trial on Tuesday at 9 a.m. on the 2015 harassment charge.

“I strongly, strongly, strongly suggest that you get yourself into some kind of counseling,” she said. The trial will have no effect on the other sets of charges against Mr. Eames. 

The harassment charge was made in June 2015, after an alleged incident in April of that year in which Mr. Eames was said to have gunned the engine of a pickup truck in a gravel driveway, spinning his wheels to intentionally shoot stones and rocks at a Harbor View Drive house belonging to Kyle Cao. Michael Griffith is Mr. Eames’s representative in that case. 

Because that charge is not a crime, but simply a violation, the trial will be conducted by Justice Rana without a jury. If convicted, Mr. Eames could be sentenced to 15 days in jail.

The five other more serious sets of charges in East Hampton will remain open and will be dealt with at a future date, Justice Rana indicated. An additional case, dating to December 2013, which involved an alleged road rage incident near Mr. Eames’s house, was moved to Riverhead Town Court after both Justice Rana and Justice Steven Tekulsky recused themselves. The alleged victim in that case is the wife of an East Hampton Town police officer. Mr. Eames has since sued the town and its Police Department in federal court, claiming the town violated his constitutional rights. 

Beyond the charges Mr. Eames is facing in criminal court, he has also been accused by the town’s Code Enforcement Division of numerous misdemeanor violations of the town’s zoning code, starting in September 2016. Those include allegations that he has changed the use of the property from residential to commercial for his tree-cutting business, with code enforcement officers stating that they found heavy machinery, piles of debris, and stacks of wood on the land. 

He was also charged in January of this year with failing to properly enclose a swimming pool and failing to maintain his property. On Feb. 21, he was hit with two more misdemeanor zoning charges, one for burning an unattended fire, another for lacking a building permit for a structure on the property. He is due back in court on the zoning charges on March 27.