Man Spots Assailant on the Street, Police Arrest Suspect


Police reported the arrest of a man for the assault of a Patchogue man who spotted his assailants hours after the attack.

According to detectives, a 38 year-old Patchogue man was walking near the Patchogue Railroad Station at approximately 5:45 a.m. on July 11 when he was assaulted by two men who punched him numerous times and then stole his wallet. An unidentified woman, who was passing by, observed the attack and yelled at the suspects to stop beating the victim. The suspects then fled on foot.

The Good Samaritan aided the victim, who suffered minor injuries, and helped him get home. Approximately an hour later, the victim, who was walking on South Street in Patchogue, called police when he spotted one of the men who had assaulted him.

Patrol Officer Dennis Stweart located the suspect, Antonio Lattan, on South Street and West Avenue in Patchogue and placed him under arrest. The second man has not been located. He is described as a light-skinned black or Hispanic man.

Lattan, 23, of Mastic, was charged with 2nd degree robbery. He was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on July 11.