A dispute between the parents of a 6-month-old baby in a trailer park in Montauk ended early last Thursday morning with both under arrest, the mother for allegedly stabbing the father, who, in turn, was charged with choking the mother. The woman told East Hampton Town police, however, that she was acting in self-defense, according to court records.
Tityana S. Stephens, 21, and Billy Sagastume, 18, both residents at the trailer park, each told police that they had gone to a wedding party at the Neptune Motel in downtown Montauk the night before, with Mr. Sagastume driving them in his Toyota pickup truck. Both told police that they had been drinking beer and wine before returning around midnight to Ms. Stephens’s residence in the park, which she shares with her grandfather and two cousins.
The couple began arguing, with Ms. Stephens telling the police that Mr. Sagastume was jealous about a man she said had been flirting with her at the party. Mr. Sagastume told police that he couldn’t remember what had caused the initial argument, which quickly became physical.
Mr. Sagastume was holding the couple’s baby when the argument began, but handed him to one of Ms. Stephens’s cousins, at which time the two began to wrestle.
“He grabbed me by the throat,” Ms. Stephens told police. “He then started dragging me into the kitchen.” She was having trouble breathing, she said, and grabbed at a kitchen counter for something to hit Mr. Sagastume with to force him to release her.
Mr. Sagastume, on the other hand, told police that Ms. Stephens deliberately tried to stab him with a knife. “I felt a sharp pain in my leg, and then I saw blood on my pants,” he said.
The gash in Mr. Sagastume’s left thigh required a trip to Southampton Hospital and seven stitches.
After East Hampton Town police interviewed the couple, separately, as well as other witnesses to the incident, both were placed under arrest. Ms. Stephens was charged with assault in the second degree, a felony, along with a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare on a child. She was released last Thursday on $500 bail after pleading not guilty during her arraignment. Mr. Sagastume was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, a misdemeanor, as well as endangering the welfare of a child. He was released without bail after pleading not guilty.
Sag Harbor Village police believe they have solved a recent theft of more than $2,000 with the arrest of Timothy P. Gallo, 24, of Water Mill on Friday.
On Oct. 24, Summer Semlear, the bookkeeper for SagTown Coffee on Main Street, told police that $2,489 had been stolen from a locked cash box between Oct. 21 and Oct. 23. She said that the office the money was stolen from was a shared space, with Collette’s, a vintage clothing store next door, also having access.
Mr. Gallo was released from the station house on $250 bail after being charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a felony. Police did not say whether Mr. Gallo was employed at either store that shared the office.
John X. Tracy, accused by East Hampton Town police of holding up a liquor store in Springs last month, was back in East Hampton Town Justice Court last Thursday. The brief session was for John O’Brien, Mr. Tracy’s attorney, to meet with a representative of the county district attorney’s office.
Mr. O’Brien told Justice Catherine A. Cahill that his client was waiving his right to a speedy trial. He said later that this step would allow both sides to further investigate and negotiate a possible final disposition of the case.
He also indicated to Justice Cahill that his client was entering a drug-and-alcohol-rehabilitation program. Mr. Tracy, who lives in Springs, had told officers at the time of his arrest that he had been drinking before the alleged holdup.
Justice Cahill asked Mr. O’Brien to provide proof of Mr. Tracy’s participation in the program at his next court appearance.
Note: An earlier version of this story gave Mr. Sagastume's first name as Brian.