Investigation finds one involved with sex trafficking

Police: Two Flee Crash, Leave Guns Behind

Pierre Grace, Rakeem Holland

A 27-year-old Westhampton Beach man and his passenger allegedly ran away from the North Bellport scene where he crashed his BMW — containing two loaded handguns, one of which was stolen — with two other cars, only to be apprehended later by Suffolk County Police on Sunday, August 26.

Police said Pierre Grace and Rakeem Holland, 27, of North Bellport were apprehended after a foot pursuit at about 5:18 PM, then transported to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue where they were examined. The pair was slapped with two counts felony weapon possession and misdemeanor possession of stolen property. A subsequent investigation of Holland found he was involved with sex trafficking and drug dealing, police said. Holland allegedly used women as prostitutes to repay their debts. The investigation is continuing, police said.

Further east, Southampton Town Police say a 58-year-old Hampton Bays man was drunk when he fled the scene of a crash on Dogwood Road at about midnight on Monday, August 27.

John Sweeney was behind the wheel of a car that crashed with that of another driver’s just after midnight and he fled the scene on foot, hiding in the woods, police said. He was located later with the assistance of K-9 units from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. Sweeney, who was previously convicted of drunk driving, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, and misdemeanor charges of aggravated unlicensed operation and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash with property damage.

Two others were arrested on charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol last week also. They included Wilmer Garcia Rodriguez, 23, of Riverhead who was arrested at about 1:30 PM in Riverside on Monday, August 27, for not only DWI but, menacing a woman with a pocket knife. Police said the victim told an officer Rodriguez displayed the knife and told her to get inside his car, but she called 911 and he drove off in his car with his friend. He was seen by an officer backing out of Vail Avenue and was placed under arrest with additional charges including weapon possession, police said.

Rogelio Lopez Perez, 47, of Riverhead, was arrested for DWI after the car he was in crashed with another, as well as a utility pole just before midnight on Sunday, August 26.