A 43-year-old man has been collared in connection with the May 9 shooting of a 15-year-old on Brown Street in Riverside, Southampton Town Police stated in a press release Sunday afternoon.
Roland Miles, of Riverhead, was arrested at USA Gas Station in Flanders at about 7:26 PM on Friday, August 17, and was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, “in relation” to the shooting, which took place at 20 Brown Street, according to police. Miles fired a handgun from his car while a teen was inside with him, police said. It is not clear if the 15-year-old, whom was inside the car with Miles, is the same person who was shot, or is just a witness to the shooting. Police did not immediately release further details about the shooting and arrest.
In May, police said they responded to 911 calls of shots fired near the location of Brown Street at about 10 AM, then a 15-year-old boy sought treatment for a superficial gunshot wound to his foot at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. The teen was treated and released from the hospital.
The shooting took place just down the road from Phillips Avenue Elementary School and Ludlam Avenue Park. The school was placed on lockout, meaning no one could get in or out, for a period of time while police conducted their investigation.
A number of community members outraged with the shooting flocked to the Flanders Riverside Northampton Civic Association’s monthly meeting, which was days after the incident, to hear police Chief Steven Skrynecki speak on the issue, as well as the law enforcement initiatives he was taking to combat crime in the neighborhood. The meeting was also attended by Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Councilwoman Christine Scalera.
At the time of his arrest on Friday, Miles was found to be in possession of both crack and powder cocaine and was additionally charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court in Hampton Bays on Saturday, August 18, and was released from custody without bail.
Police said this is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact their detective division at (631) 702-2230.