Attorney argues self-defense as motive

Violent Assault Charge After Fight In Montauk

Christopher Pulido, shown here entering East Hampton Town Justice Court to be arraigned on Monday, is facing a felony assault charge. Independent/T. E. McMorrow

For the second time in 24 hours, the Montauk 7-Eleven was cocooned in East Hampton Town police crime scene tape early Sunday. In both incidents, a man was arrested on a charge of felony assault. The first incident from early Saturday is detailed elsewhere in The Independent.

In Sunday’s incident, two men well known to town police had an alleged altercation at the store. According to the police, Christopher S. Pulido, 26, was fighting several individuals at the convenience store when he pulled out a box cutter and slashed John Valentin-Doherty of Montauk numerous times.

Valentin-Doherty was taken by ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. The gashes over his left eye and right forearm required 40 stitches to close, the police said. He has since been released.

Charged with assault with intent to cause serious injury with a weapon, which is classified as a violent felony, along with a misdemeanor charge of possession of a weapon and an additional violation charge of disorderly conduct, Pulido was taken to headquarters, where police confiscated his bloodstained clothing and shoes as evidence.

Pulido, who grew up in East Hampton, but recently moved to Afton, NY, has an extensive list of arrests by town police, including theft and assault.

Attorney Carl Irace represented Pulido during his arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court Labor Day morning. Pulido was in a police-issued jumpsuit and was barefoot. Also in the courtroom were about a dozen members of Pulido’s family, including his fiancé and one of his young children.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office asked that bail be set at $30,000. Irace told Justice Steven Tekiulsky, when arguing for a lower amount, that while Pulido moved to Afton about two months ago, “He comes from East Hampton. He went to East Hampton High School. He has more ties to the community than his home address. And he does tell me that he was acting in self-defense.”

Justice Tekulsky responded by saying that Pulido has “a rather extensive criminal history,” as he set bail at $10,000, or a bond amount of $20,000. Before he was led away by officers, he was allowed to kiss his child goodbye. Pulido remained in custody as of Tuesday morning.

Valentin-Doherty, the alleged victim, was himself just indicted last Thursday by a grand jury in the county court in Riverside on 14 felony counts involving the alleged sale of cocaine to undercover agents over the course of the past year. That story is also covered elsewhere in The Independent.