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Police: Two Men Assault, Attempt to Rob Man on Bike in Patchogue

Police are investigating an incident that occurred in Patchogue early Wednesday morning in which two men assaulted and attempted to rob a bicyclist. 

According to police, the victim was on his bike on West Avenue around 2:45 a.m. when he was approached by the two men. The men punched the victim and then fled in a car without any proceeds, police said. 

No arrests have been made. 
Hipockets May 03, 2014 at 03:09 PM
Get rid of half the gin mills and that will solve half the problem.
Rollo Tomasi May 03, 2014 at 08:20 PM
It's gonna be an interesting...long hot summer.
John Bogack May 04, 2014 at 03:31 PM
Dan. I did go back to see what I was referring to and I did find two incidents not three but both are recent just like the incident that is reported here. From the LI Advance May 1st edition: "A man told Police he was beaten outside of Gallo Tropical on Main Street on 4/19". The brief report says the incident took place at 12:30 a.m. the victim was treated at Brookhaven Memorial hospital, no arrests made at the time of the newspaper account. The other incident reported in the same 5-1 edition : a man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct "in what police describe as a violent fight on the sidewalk outside of Public House 49. It is not clear if anyone was injured in the fight". Now of course reported crime is always less than actual crime for a variety of reasons so these reports are good hints that more is occurring than is coming to the attention of the public via police reports. I also looked in the issue of cameras for main street to monitor for these kinds of events. I believe this very same area where both the above incidents took place will be well within the scan area of the small test array of three cameras. The last information about this upcoming deployment of street cams comes from the 3/24/14 meeting of the Patchogue Vilage Board of Trustees. Business Improvement Ex. Dir. Smith reports on their status. There is video of his report. Time mark 28 minutes forty seconds takes you to a five minute report that surveys where they are going, with an approximate date for active use sometime after June 1st of this year. Go to the website for the Citizens Campaign for Open Village Government and scroll down to the video for the above date and use the time line reference also above to get to Mr. Smith's report: www.patchoguevillagecitizens.com. (paste address into search bar if hypertext does not appear)
Daniel Cole May 04, 2014 at 06:10 PM
John, thanks for getting me that information. I really should get a subscription to the Advance. We definitely have some problems after midnight. I am never down on Main St past 10:00 pm, so I don't get a sense of the crowds past that time or the intensity of the police presence. I am not convinced that the perpetrators are typically locals. People behave at their worst when they perceive that they can act anonymously and without repercussions (see: the internet). The fights on Main Street strike me as drunk visitors trashing the place because they a) don't think that they will get caught and b) think that Patchogue is the sort of place that tolerates this nonsense. The cameras will help with (a), but only if it is well known that they exist. It might be good for the bouncers to mention them to more unruly customers. As for (b), we need to do a better job of changing public perception, but no amount of marketing will change the character of the after midnight drinking crowd. The clubs and bars need to do a better job of policing their clintele. As for the most recent assault on West Ave seems, it seems different, and more worrying: it reminds me of the attacks that were happening before the Lucero murder. The cameras wouldn't have helped with that one, either. I don't know what we can do to stop attacks like that one beyond asking people to be vigilant. Finally, thanks for the links. I've been on that site occasionally (usually at your suggestion) and it is a fantastic resource for the community, and a good check on our current one party government.
John Bogack May 04, 2014 at 06:52 PM
Dan, good idea about making sure that the presence of cameras on street is known. Not much of a preventive tool if they are secret. I will pass that idea on to the Police when I go to the community meeting which I still recommend all should attend and I will also share that thought with Mr. Smith and Trustee Ferb who has been in charge of this project along with Mr. Smith all along. It is one tool of many and it should be in place to help. Indeed if the cameras had been in place on the night of the incidents reported in the LI Advance I see one person remains uncaught. Maybe with video of that incident that might not be so.

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