A “very distraught female” made a 911 call Friday, December 14, to Shelter Island police maintaining she was being held at gunpoint against her will. Local police, who called it a “home invasion in the center of town,” said they were able to quickly “collect some preliminary
evidence” that led them to Yonkers.
With the assistance of the Yonkers Police Department, three suspects were detained early December 15. Responding Shelter Island and New York State Police investigators questioned them before placing them under arrest and bringing them back to Shelter Island for arraignment.
New York State Police are working with the Shelter Island Police Department in the case. It is anticipated that additional charges may be presented to a grand jury at a later date.
Meanwhile, the woman was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Kevin Calderon, 25, of the Bronx; Silvestro Mazzella, 70, of Yonkers; and Livio Josue Melo, 27, of the Bronx, were each charged with burglary. The men were remanded on $75,000 bail each.
It was not the first “home invasion” on the sleepy island of late.
Almost a month after he was “restrained” and left in critical condition following a burglary in his Shelter Island home, an 87-year-old retired Episcopalian priest died of his injuries earlier this year, on April 19, Suffolk County police said.
The Rev. Canon Paul Wancura was left in his Oak Tree Lane residence for an extended period of time after the burglary in March.