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Police Seeking Three Who Assaulted Man Outside The Emporium

Police ask for the public's help to find attackers.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Hate Crimes Unit detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the people responsible for assaulting a man outside of an entertainment venue in Patchogue. 

On Jan. 11 at approximately 1:05 a.m., outside of The Emporium, located at 9 Railroad Ave., a man was assaulted by three men.  The suspects pictured above exited The Emporium just prior to the assault, police said. 

"The suspects made verbal remarks about the victim’s perceived sexual orientation," police said regarding why the Hate Crimes Unit was investigating the case. 

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

C O February 17, 2014 at 09:08 AM
The new patchogue....lipstick on a pig. I wish we could rewind 75 years. Why is an overdeveloped village packed with strangers better? Votes and tax revenue. People want small town living now. The type of town where everyone knows each other and criminals can't get away with anything because everyone is watching. A town where landlords rent to hard working middle class if they rent at all. New businesses are good...if they stay in buisness. They close as fast as they open. I know I don't enjoy going shopping and having to pass the trash walking in or out of the pawn shop hocking their moms jewelry for drug money. Or being harassed for a dollar by the bus imported trash from bellport. Or having my wife harassed by Spanish speaking drunks while we walk home from eating at a restaurant. It's a comfortable environment for those types. I thought there was hope when Irish Crissroads left Sayville to come to patch. I couldn't believe it. But sure enough after all the theft, village taxes, and high rent Irish Crossroads is going right back to Sayville. There is no way I would ever let my kids walk main by themselves. The Town is a disaster. All this new housing will be very nice for all the trash that will live in it in the future. The town is dead and I'm sad to say a lost cause. I guess they could fill all the art space windows with crime scene photos and memorials. I will be moving ASAP....east or south. Very south. That is if I can find anyone to buy my house here. But as long as politicians keep screaming "the new patchogue" and some of the people who live here keep fooling themselves about what this village actually is I'm sure someone out there will be fooled and but my house.
Rollo Tomasi February 17, 2014 at 09:26 AM
Hitting the nail on the head C O....
C O February 17, 2014 at 09:30 AM
An example. When the Copper Beach condos were built my wife and I had 3 couples we know buy and live there and we became close friends with 4 other couples as a result. 6 of the 7 couples have moved. 1 to Remsenburg, 1 to East Moriches, 2 to Medford, 1 to Babylon, 1 to Merrick, and the remaining have had their condo for sale desperately looking to move. Many of the couples took 10-20k less then purchase just to get out. Some of them did have expanding families and needed more space but none looked for a house in the village after they sold. Those condos were built "to keep our young people here in patchogue". Patchogue will never keep people here until it becomes a safe, small town minded community where young families would want to raise a family.
C O February 17, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Until then... Revolving door for businesses, residents, and transient/criminal visitors. A village of strangers who take no pride in where they live because it's only a pit stop in their lives. To the small group of us who have lived here our entire lives and do know each other were a dying breed. Time to move on and move out. Out with the old and in with the new.
Archie Bunker February 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Very dramatic, and purely just an alarmist opinion. There are certainly many many people who see things 180 degrees opposite your view of a village is serious decline. Forget the Snoop clown, he's never said a positive thing about anything - he's just a distraction here. I remember Patchogue Village 10-20 years ago, to say it hasn't come a long way, and improved itself is silly. There's one big problem with the Village - it's the swath of land between main street and the railroad tracks which runs from one end of Patchogue to the other with thousands of illegals living in the multi family apts. Copper Beach is right in the middle of it. I personally would never have bought there in the first place. Even to purchase south of the tracks, you still have to drive through it every day. But to say it isn't safe here? I don't know where you are coming from other than being dramatic. Good try though
C O February 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM
The swath of land your referring to is Half the village. To say you would of never of bought in copper beach says it all. You yourself are saying you wouldn't live in a part of your own town. If you call sexual assaults, murder, assaults, burglary, countless larcenies, criminal mischief, drug use, and an ever growing undocumented untraceable illegal population safe then I don't want to see anything from your side of the opinion compass. Talk to any cop that works the area or a surrounding one. I have plenty of friends and a brother that works in the 5th. They will all tell you it all goes on in the village. Just because you don't hear about it or you don't see it doesn't mean it's not happening. Talk to the dozens of middle class moving out annually. Look on MLS at all the houses for sale at below fair market. All drama. The only thing that's improved over the last 10-20 years is aesthetic and nothing more.
C O February 17, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Good try though.
Hipockets February 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM
RE: CO and the new Patchogue. I was born here 73 years ago and you are right on all counts. Yes, we know things change but why is it always for the worse ?
C O February 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM
I'm not sure of the exact reasons Hipockets. Generations don't take pride in their neighborhood like yours does. America and NY especially being as expensive as it is makes people of power greedy and more likely to do for themselves and not their community. There is a complete sense of entitlement for some in America. The mindset of wanting now and not wanting to work for it. All of these I'm sure contributed. I feel for your generation the most having had to watch your neighborhood and community slip to where it is now.
Archie Bunker February 17, 2014 at 01:30 PM
I live in East Patchogue - there's far more to Patchogue than just the Village. And no I wouldn't live in the village - property taxes are out of hand already all over the place, not throwing another 2 grand on top for village taxes. There's a HUGE illegal population problem in the village. But there always has been. I don't want to live in the middle of it. When you and your friends bought their condos, didn't you think of this? I work in the village and also spend a considerable time dinning and so forth there. You're exaggerating on the crime, assaults... give me a break.
C O February 17, 2014 at 01:49 PM
You don't live in the village so none of this applies to you. I eat out 3-4 times a week. I worked in the village for years. I don't know what your referring to when you say theres a lot more to Patchogue then just the village but if there is a hidden gem of entertainment or shopping or dining elsewhere in the town please share it. As for exaggerating the crime like i said please feel free to talk to any cop or look at your local crime stats. Patchogue is safer then only 36% of the rest of NY. You live in EP. No way you can take a drive down montauk highway east of 112 all the way to 101 and tell me you live in a nice area. I'm not saying the village is a horrific neighborhood plagued by crime even though that's what it sounds like. I'm just saying it's not the safest or most appealing for middle to upper middle class families anymore. If I was a single twenty something year old or even a single man of any age it's fine. But as a married homeowner with kids it's not. Owning a home here is in no way a sound investment and if my kids can't walk to the store or my wife can't walk home from meeting friends at night it's definitely not for me. To anyone that feels different god bless and good luck.
Archie Bunker February 17, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Yes, montauk hgwy is dumpy past 112, but then again, it's not the village. But I did say between main street and the RR tracks is a dump, but it does get progressively more industrial as you go east. I live north of Sunrise in a newer development. I have never regretted purchasing in this area and there is plenty of families with kids where I live. I have also never felt threatened or unsafe in the village.
C O February 17, 2014 at 02:18 PM
North of sunrise east of 112? So your either by saxton or by fish thicket if it's east patchogue. I don't know of any entirely new developments over there but there are some nice new houses. I know the area well and yes it's nice but completely different from the village. I never said you should feel threatened. I wouldn't walk around with your cash visible at night. I wouldn't leave your car doors unlocked or leave anything of value visible in your car while parked in the village. If you are a woman I wouldn't walk around town at night alone. You should have a good home security system. Having a good set of street smarts and common sense to avoid certain situations and groups not a bad idea. Having to feel threatened? No.
C O February 17, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Perfect example of an ever changing for the worse Patchogue. You will know the area. Just north if sunrise is a street between raymour and Flanagan and Pathmark. I think it may be Clark st. Halfway east is a small dead end block on the left. At the end is a house that is now a registered halfway house. That block had absolutely no recorded crime until that house opened to the dregs of society. Now as I'm told there have been cars broken into, vandalism, and litter scattered everywhere. I walked home in that block 6-9th grade from saxton and as you know the kiddie college is down the street. You can drive by any time if day and see the residents of that house walking and riding their bikes to and from the gas station or simply hanging around. Ask the residents of that block if they feel safe. Ask them if they are happy in Patchogue. I know my parents wouldn't let me walk that block if that house existed when I was at saxton. That is one house ruining a neighborhood. There are plenty scattered throughout patchogue.
John Bogack February 17, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Just a reality check here. This thread started out as a article about an alleged hate crime. Let's not forget those three perpetrators are still at large. One postive step that everyone who feels as I do that those three must be caught to discourage new incidents would be to email the police commander at the 5th PD and tell him so and to offer to help in any way possible. The 5th PD has a website and an email address for the police commander. I have done so myself and I will be at the next Police community meeting in March to say so in person too if by that point in time no one has yet been apprehended.
Archie Bunker February 17, 2014 at 02:52 PM
This type of stuff goes on everywhere though!
John Bogack February 17, 2014 at 03:01 PM
I want to discourage crime in the village that I live in. Passive acceptatance just encourages crimes. In this thread there have been comments about feeling a "sense of place". I feel that. No one is welcome in Patchogue village if they come to do violence to anyone and if they do they need to know that they are going to be the targets of relentless public attention until they are caught. Crime prevention is not just the job of the police. It is a community job and if it is neglected worse will happen.
C O February 17, 2014 at 04:21 PM
Exactly John! Be careful though. Very hard to "discourage crime" and make criminals feel "unwelcome" without offending a few liberal whiner bleeding heart sensibilities along the way. Archie I agree with you more then you think. It is going on in a lot of towns on Long Island; especially Suffolk but not everywhere. It was just an example and not nearly the one and only contributing factor to the crime in Patchogue.
John Bogack February 17, 2014 at 04:42 PM
Crime is everyone's concern whether liberal or conservative or whatever belief. There can be no society without order. Keeping the peace starts with every person taking responsibility for their actions. When you violate the law no person should expect to get away with it particularly where violence is a factor. We can not allow it as the public and can not ever foster an atmosphere where anyone would think that it's no big thing to engage in a hate crime for example. There is a victim here. There are alleged criminals still at large. They need to be brought to justice plain and simple.
Judy Pepenella February 17, 2014 at 08:46 PM
@Archie Bunker. Parts of Patchogue Village DO extend beyond Main & 112 and I am a resident in that area. I have (had drunks in my back yard, people sitting on my back porch and better yet a drunk broke into my house. Then there is the man who was stabbed on Route 112 by 3-4 latinos from the bodega next to Hess Station and was left for dead. FYI this man was walking to work as he did every day. Or what about being harassed (grabbed and spun around by a man) on Main Street during the Christmas holiday or having the same type of incident behind the laundry mat--both during day light? Main Street look beautiful and a lot of apartments are going up...but what is behind main street needs to be addressed. These incidents and others that are NOT being discussed do not happen in a safe community. When he police tell homeowners that it is like holding back the tide with a broom, we KNOW we have a HUGE issue. Even worse is it is spreading like black mold. We have a culture of lawlessness where individuals know they can & will get away with these actions and more. We have soft assaults (muggings without weapons), huge drug problems (sales being made openly on the streets, out of homes and certain businesses), transient bar goers who have use our streets as their bathrooms and more, I hate to admit, but our Village will continue to be a turnstile for families AND taxpayers.
Judy Pepenella February 17, 2014 at 08:54 PM
@ John All crimes need to be addressed equally under the law. I am NOT saying this crime is less or more important, but a crime is still a crime. All crimes are crimes of hate. All are wrong and ALL should be addressed with the same determination and resolve to end them on our streets. @ Archie Yes crimes like this are happening everywhere, but that does not make it correct. It is our responsibility as law abiding citizens, the police as enforcers of the law and the elected as our representatives, to stand up together to clean up our streets and stop letting these issues to continue.
Patchogue Snoop February 18, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Thank you Rick and CO. Well said, better than my rants! LOL
Patchogue Snoop February 18, 2014 at 08:55 AM
Ohhh Archie....wrong again. We had a "spanish" section of town made up of folks form PR....remember those ameicans...Puerto Ricans???? Seem to have been forgotten and made to march to the term of Latino(a). Americans NOT illegals that permeate Patchogue these days. It is simple.....go to Clerk Seal and request the tax records for every sluym hole in the Viollatge. Ditto for the third world areas in E Patchogue. See how many violations have been issued by the puppets in Buldings dept and most of all who owns them and their relationships to the hacks calling the shots. Amazing things will be revealed....hear that DA SPOTTA
Patchogue Snoop February 18, 2014 at 10:06 AM
Now John is claiming....HATE CRIME! No proof, no evidence, no trial. Just hang them cause they are haters! Just because John says so. End of trial. End of our civil society.
Patchogue Snoop February 18, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Judy, I agree and very well said. We cannot ignore crime brought here by illegals. It doesn't matter what the racist left says and claims you to be...we need to stick to our guns, protect Americans and most of all not back down when someone calls you a racist to get you to shut up so they can advance their agenda in the absence of any facts. Rewarding them with amnesty is just appalling. Round em up and ship em out!!! PS Judy their was a beheading on Ryder Ave at a latino bar, social club about five years ago. Cut his head off while alive. I have never heard of such an act in our country. Yeah, psychos dismembering dead bodies but not when alive. Soooo, just think, these illegals with no identity, no background checks..they may be your neighbor!
annette kattau February 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM
all the politicians site this village as a model.....I do not think so...when is Tri Tech going to finish...finally they wrapped unfinished bldg in plastic after all the weather already go to it...fiberboard mold will grow and people will be living with mold. How long is this going to take to finish.....ok a model for what...It looks like they are out of $$$$$$ what happen to the foreign money backer or partner......this will be an interesting out come and I do not hold much hope for it.
Patchogue Snoop February 18, 2014 at 11:13 AM
POls for the most part are failures in the job world. 10 cent lawyers who couldn't hold a job so they run for office. No credentials is the norm rather than the exception. Our Mayor is a former gym teacher with lots of family and friend he did favors for over the years. I call this Village a model of small town politics, relationships and corruption. Annette you are right, mold is almost a certainty. I sued over the same issue on a building I contracted. It all had to come down after only one rainfall. But our Puppet Senior Building inspector ignores the violations. Shame on you Mr Sarich. You will be the Mayor's fall guy believe me.....when the investigations start. It is illegal for the mayor to interfere with your enforcement of code issues. There is a legal reason for that my friend. Keep that in mind, he will bury you.
Patchogue Snoop February 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM
I spent some time looking at that abortion called nu village. Appalling...the scale the density. I am very concerned with the fire fighting ability of our volunteers. Very concerned indeed. The Village unilaterally raised the bar from three to four stories with any regard to this issue. A very long standing limit due to lack of fire fighting equipment. Now we Village taxpayers have to foot the bill for the new hi rise equipment. Hey mayor why us and not Tritec? Why raising he height limit for Tritec and your friends on Maple the Roes???? I will tell all why, more density and lower construction costs. What's next hi rises?
C O February 18, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Not to start a whole topic of discussion and I am in no way an architect. That being said I was a carpenter for years before my current profession and that building looks like a disaster to me. I've never seen such a large multi floored dwelling framed on the cheap using wood studs for framing in substitution of steel. Good luck to the village of the future... Say 40-50yrs ahead that have to deal with that monstrosity falling over.
annette kattau February 19, 2014 at 08:46 AM
I believe the village is in serious trouble and so is Tri Tech many people who see it do not have good things to say...OMG what have they done to a wonderful village and why.......now the old town hall sold another landmark god knows what they will do to that...it was sold after the remediation of the asbestos paid for by Brookhaven Town which translates to by us the taxpayers....I asked the Mayor when he was having a photo op after the moving of the Carnagie to please try to save it as a land mark....and I was surrounded by people who heard...well we see how that went.....time will be the teller of tales here and it won't be too long till the truth is revealed......

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