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Men Stole Six Rolls Of Electrical Wiring 

Wanted for Grand Larceny

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate two men who stole from a Commack store in August. 

Two men entered Home Depot, located at 65 Crooked Hill Road, at 2 p.m. on August 20 and stole six rolls of electrical wiring. The merchandise was valued at approximately $1,000. 

The first man is described as white, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall with long blondish-brown hair and a beard. The second man is described as white, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, with short hair. They fled the scene in a Gray Toyota 4Runner. 

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about these incidents can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, texting “SCPD” and your message to “CRIMES” (274637) or by email at All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.  

Sgt. Keith Serper CC# 19-470486.  Fourth Squad Detectives CW# 19-374/EN


MS-13 Member Sentenced To 50 Years For 2017 Murders Of Four Men

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Freiry Martinez, also known as “Discreto” and “Sovietico,” a member of the Herndon City Locos Salvatruchas clique of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13, was sentenced by United States Circuit Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 50 years’ imprisonment, following his guilty plea to racketeering charges for his participation in the April 11, 2017 murders of Justin Llivicura, Michael Lopez, Jorge Tigre and Jefferson Villalobos.  Upon completion of his sentence, Martinez, an illegal alien from El Salvador, faces deportation from the United States.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), Geraldine Hart, Commissioner, Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), and Patrick J. Ryder, Commissioner, Nassau County Police Department (NCPD), announced the sentence.

“It is my hope that today’s sentence brings some measure of closure and a sense of justice for the family members of the four victims, whose young lives were senselessly cut short by Martinez and his fellow MS-13 members,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue.  “This Office, along with our fellow law enforcement partners, will relentlessly pursue gang members who commit depraved acts of violence on behalf of the MS-13 gang, and who foolishly think that fleeing the jurisdiction will place them out of our reach.  Today’s sentence clearly proves otherwise.”

“This sentence illustrates our determination to bring these cold blooded killers to justice, and show the local communities we’re on their side,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney.  “The FBI Long Island Gang Task Force continues to use its global reach to find those who try to escape justice, and stop more violence from happening.”

“After committing four brutal murders, Martinez fled the jurisdiction in an attempt to evade justice,” stated SCPD Commissioner Hart. “Thanks to the strong partnership between both law enforcement and the United States Attorney’s Office his freedom was short lived.  We hope that this sentence sends a clear message, to both gang members and their associates that we will not rest until justice is served.  This sentencing is another example of our unwavering commitment to dismantle MS-13 in Suffolk County.”

“Today’s sentence of defendant Freiry Martinez is a clear example of law enforcement interagency cooperation and how there are no boundaries in criminal activity.  Our partnerships continue to combat crime as we maintain our zero tolerance approach toward gangs and their illegal activities to ensure safety for our residents and communities. I would like to congratulate all of the investigators and their agencies for their hard work and dedication in bringing defendant Martinez to justice,” stated NCPD Commissioner Ryder.   

On the evening of April 11, 2017, two female associates of the MS-13 lured five young men, including the four victims, to a community park in Central Islip so that Martinez and other MS-13 members could attack and kill them.  The victims were believed to be members of a rival gang who had offended the MS-13.  Martinez and numerous other MS-13 members and associates met in the park where they distributed weapons and discussed the plan to kill the victims.  Once the female MS-13 associates led the men to a wooded area, Martinez and the other MS-13 members and associates surrounded, attacked and killed Llivicura, Lopez, Tigre and Villalobos, using machetes, knives, wooden clubs and an axe.  The fifth intended victim escaped.  The victims’ bodies were discovered the following evening.

Several days after committing the April 11, 2017 murders, Martinez fled New York with the assistance of other MS-13 members from New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland.  After relocating to Virginia and later Maryland, Martinez continued his MS-13 involvement by associating with MS-13 members from those areas, engaging in street-level drug sales, assaulting rival gang members, and participating in the armed robberies of check-cashing establishments.  Martinez was a fugitive for more than seven months after the murders until he was located and arrested in Maryland on November 21, 2017.  Thereafter, Martinez was removed from the District of Maryland to the Eastern District of New York to face the instant charges. 

Martinez was under 16 years of age at the time of the murders and he was initially charged by a juvenile information.  Thereafter, the government filed a motion to transfer him to adult status for prosecution and Martinez waived a transfer hearing, waived indictment and pleaded guilty to racketeering, including predicate racketeering acts relating to the murders of Llivicura, Lopez, Tigre and Villalobos.

Today’s sentencing is the latest in a series of federal prosecutions by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York targeting members of the MS-13, a violent international criminal organization.  The MS-13’s leadership is based in El Salvador and Honduras, but the gang has thousands of members across the United States, comprised primarily of immigrants from Central America.  With numerous branches, or “cliques,” the MS-13 is the largest and most violent street gang on Long Island.  Since 2003, hundreds of MS-13 members, including dozens of clique leaders, have been convicted on federal felony charges in the Eastern District of New York.  A majority of those MS-13 members have been convicted of federal racketeering charges for participating in murders, attempted murders and assaults.  Since 2010, this Office has obtained indictments charging MS-13 members with carrying out more than 45 murders in the Eastern District of New York, and has convicted dozens of MS-13 leaders and members in connection with those murders.  These prosecutions are the product of investigations led by the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force, comprising agents and officers of the FBI, SCPD, NCPD, Nassau County Sheriff’s Department, Suffolk County Probation, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Rockville Centre Police Department, New York State Police, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division.  Assistant United States Attorneys John J. Durham, Paul G. Scotti, Justina L. Geraci and Michael T. Keilty are in charge of the prosecution.

The Defendant:

FREIRY MARTINEZ (also known as “Discreto” and “Sovietico”)
Age:  18
Brentwood, New York; Fairfax/Arlington Counties, Virginia; Montgomery County, Maryland

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 17-CR-364 (S-1)(JFB)


Motorcyclist Injured In MV Crash In Centerport

Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that seriously injured a motorcyclist in Centerport this evening.

Robert Gaydes was riding a 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle northbound on Centershore Road, near East Main Street, when he apparently crossed over the divider and collided with a southbound 2003 Ford pickup truck at 6:15 p.m.

Gaydes, 27, of Huntington Station, was airlifted by Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. The driver of the pickup truck, George Pryor, 16, of Centerport, was not injured.

The vehicles were impounded for safety checks. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the crash to contact the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.



Suffolk County Police Rescue Kitten From Storm Drain

Suffolk County Police today rescued a kitten that had fallen into a storm drain in Lindenhurst today.

First Precinct officers responded to Wellwood Avenue and Berry Street at approximately 11:15 a.m. after a 911 caller reported a kitten trapped in a storm drain. Officers discovered the kitten was located in a pipe between two drains, located on opposing corners and requested assistance from Emergency Service Section officers. Emergency Service Section Officers Michael Casper and David Katzen climbed into the drains and, using a leaf blower provided by a nearby resident, coaxed the kitten toward Officer Casper who was able to remove it safely from the drain.

A Good Samaritan transported the kitten to a veterinarian’s office for evaluation.


***North Amityville Man Missing Since Sept 7***

Suffolk County Police First Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating a North Amityville man who was reporting missing September 7.

Tyrone Simpson was last seen leaving the residence located at 103 Lake Drive in Wyandanch on Thursday, August 29 at approximately 2 p.m. His daughter reported him missing yesterday.

Simpson is described as black, 54 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 220 pounds, brown eyes with black hair and a salt and pepper goatee. He was last seen wearing black jeans. His shirt, shoes and hat were black and orange.  

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call 911 or the First Squad at 631-854-8152.



***Silver Alert Lillian Molina***

Lillian Molina has been located unharmed and was reunited with her family.


Motorcyclist Dies In MV Crash On Wicks Road

Suffolk County Police Third Squad detectives are investigating a motorcycle crash that killed a man in Brentwood last night.

Anthony Ayala was operating a 2018 KTM dirt bike southbound on Wicks Road when he collided with a 2016 Jeep Renegade which was travelling northbound on Crooked Hill Road at approximately 9:07 p.m. Ayala, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the dirt bike and sustained numerous injuries. 

Ayala, 19, of Brentwood, was transported by Brentwood Legion Ambulance to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the Jeep, Rafael Cardenas-Jiminez, 52, of Central Islip was not injured. Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks. 

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the Third Squad at 631-854-8352.


52 Year-Old Deer Park Man Convicted In Knifepoint Robberies

(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the conviction of a Deer Park man on charges relating to three knifepoint robberies of gas stations that occurred in 2018. During one of the robberies, the man jabbed a gas station attendant several times with the knife.

Victor Carlton, 52, was convicted by a jury yesterday of three counts of Robbery in the First Degree, a class B violent felony.

“This case exemplifies the great work our Major Case Bureau does each and every day to target and prosecute individuals driving crime and violence in our communities,” District Attorney Sini said. “I thank the detectives and prosecutors as well as the media and vigilant residents who assisted in bringing this perpetrator to justice.”

On Nov. 4, 2018, Carlton robbed a Sunoco Gas Station, located at 1985 Deer Park Avenue in Deer Park, at knifepoint.

On Dec. 14, 2018, Carlton entered a Conoco Gas Station, located at 3089 Middle Country Road in Lake Grove, displayed a knife and demanded money from the register. When the attendant did not immediately comply with the demand, Carlton jabbed the victim several times with the knife, resulting in minor injuries.

On Dec. 17, 2018, Carlton entered a Stop & Fuel gas station, located at 1171 Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore, and robbed the clerk at knifepoint.

Surveillance video of the robberies was released by Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and aired on News 12, resulting in tips that led to Carlton’s arrest. License plate readers also detected Carlton’s vehicle in the vicinity of two of the robberies within minutes of when the crimes occurred.

Following an investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department’s Major Case Unit, Carlton was arrested on Dec. 23, 2018.


Carlton faces a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison on each count. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Suffolk County Court Judge Timothy Mazzei on Oct. 7.


This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Sheetal Shetty and Ferron Lien, of the Major Crime Bureau.



Police Looking For Man Who Stole Money At Bank Of America In CI


Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Third Squad detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the man who stole money from a man at a bank in Central Islip in August.  

A man stole cash in an envelope left on a counter at Bank of America, located at 185 Wheeler Road on August 5 at approximately 12:50 p.m. The suspect is described as Hispanic approximately 50-60 years-old. He was wearing a New York Yankees baseball hat, and a sleeveless shirt. He fled in a grey Honda Pilot.  

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about these incidents can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, texting “SCPD” and your message to “CRIMES” (274637) or by email at All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.  



NYS Police Looking For Witnesses To MV Fatality In Southold 

The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident which occurred on August 31, 2019, at approximately 3:11am on Fisher’s Island, Town of Southold, Suffolk County.  Troopers responded to East End Drive on Fisher’s Island and located Kevin Brown, 27, of Baltic, CT who had  sustained significant head trauma after falling from the trunk of a 2011 Hyundai Genesis.  The victim was transported to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, CT where he succumbed to his injuries.  The driver and the vehicle involved were located on Fisher’s Island and an active investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident are ongoing at this time.  At the present time, no criminal charges have been filed while the incident is further investigated.

If anyone witnessed or has information pertaining to this accident, please call the New York State Police at (631) 756-3300.  All calls will remain confidential.

All updates will be made on this website.