Shortly before 6 a.m. on Saturday, Gregorio Colin-Martinez, 21, of Bridgehampton flagged down an East Hampton Town police officer on Springs-Fireplace Road near Queens Lane in Springs, asking the officer for help getting to his car. He had left it at 61 Muir Boulevard, he told the officer, who took him to that address, about three-quarters of a mile away.
The car, a Ford Mustang, was there. Mr. Colin-Martinez began removing items from it, but as he was doing so, according to the police report, Oscar Reyes-Torres came out of the house and accused Mr. Colin-Martinez of having attacked him with a box-cutter.
Mr. Reyes-Torres told the officer that Mr. Colin-Martinez had held the blade to his throat following a heated dispute. He broke away and fled, he said, but not before Mr. Colin-Martinez cut him on the hand. The officer reported that Mr. Reyes-Torres had a wound on his hand, but declined medical attention.
The officer then arrested Mr. Colin-Martinez, charging him with assault in the second degree, a serious charge indicating intent to cause serious injury. Besides the felony charge, Mr. Colin-Martinez faces misdemeanor counts of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.
Police searched the area, the report states, and came up with the box-cutter. In court that afternoon, a translator, Tania Valverde, was on hand; Mr. Colin-Martinez speaks little English. Ms. Valverde, who is fluent in five languages, works during the week for Douglas Elliman as a real estate broker, and on weekends as a court translator.
When Justice Lisa R. Rana asked Mr. Colin-Martinez if he wanted an attorney present at his arraignment, he indicated that he did, and tried to recall the name of a lawyer he knew of in Bridgehampton. All he could remember was her first name, Susan.
He eventually got through to Susan Menu, an attorney who lives in Bridgehampton, on a borrowed cellphone. Ms. Menu then called Justice Rana, who had retired to her chambers to review the documents in that case and others awaiting arraignment.
Back in court, the justice told the defendant, “Your attorney and I had a conversation. She is in Delaware. She is unable to be here to represent you.”
There were two areas of concern for the court to ponder. One was that Mr. Colin-Martinez, who was born in California and is an American citizen, was to go to Mexico the next day. The other was the amount of bail. He had $800 in his possession, and Justice Rana indicated that Ms. Menu had asked that bail be set at that amount. But the justice was troubled by Mr. Colin-Martinez’s pending trip out of the country, and the seriousness of the charge. She set bail at $2,000.
When the defendant heard the amount, he turned and spoke quietly to Ms. Valverde.
“He can give his car,” the translator told the court.
“You’ll be able to make a phone call,” the justice replied.
“All his contacts are in his phone,” Ms. Valverde said. But Mr. Colin-Martinez’s cellphone was dead.
“The police department will give you every opportunity to make a call,” Justice Rana said. She set today as his return date to court.