A Montauk man is facing a felony assault charge after allegedly clubbing his roommate in the head with a wooden baseball bat.
Hector Jaime Ventura-Figueroa, 31, allegedly told police after the incident early morning Sunday, September 29: “I hit him on top of the head with my bat that I got from my car,” which was parked outside their room in the dock area on West Lake Drive.
He was arraigned that day in East Hampton Town Justice Court. Justice Steven Tekulsky said that the victim, who police said had a raised welt on his head and was in extreme pain, told police he did not want an order of protection against Ventura-Figueroa. It appears that alcohol may have been involved in the altercation, which occurred around 1 AM.
Ventura-Figueroa’s attorney, Brian DeSesa, said he believes his client may have been acting in self-defense. Bail was set at $500 and posted.
Joseph Hawkins, 28, of Springs, was charged with a couple of misdemeanor crimes by East Hampton Town police Sunday evening, September 29. During a domestic dispute, he allegedly broke a bannister in a Springs Fireplace Road residence, then smashed a couple of drawers as he was looking for his keys. Police caught up with Hawkins a few hours later. When officers tried to place him under arrest, they said he resisted being handcuffed.
Hawkins’s alleged victim also did not ask for an order of protection. Tekulsky said to Hawkins, as he did to Ventura-Figueroa, that despite this, the defendants should refrain from any criminal behavior against the alleged victims.
Charged with criminal mischief and resisting arrest, he was released without bail following his arraignment the next morning.