Southampton Police Roundup: Armed Burglary, Assault, and Fatal DWI

Southampton Town Police have been kept busy over the last few days, responding to a trio of serious crimes: an armed burglary, an assault, and a DWI crash that took the life of a bicyclist.

Armed Home Invasion

On Thursday, May 1, at approximately 11:20 AM, the Southampton Town Police arrested Daniel W. Claud Jr, 19, of Southampton.  Claud was wanted in connection with a home invasion that took place in October, 2013, in Noyac, during which the occupants of the house were held at gunpoint and robbed of cash. None of them was injured.

Claud was charged with robbery, burglary, and criminal possession of a weapon.  He was arraigned on May 2nd, 2014, at Southampton Justice Court and remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in lieu of $500,000.00 bail.

Assault and Defying an Order of Protection

On Friday, May 2nd, 2014, at approximately 5:39 PM, the Southampton Town Police arrested Travon Pettaway, 21, of Southampton Village.  He was wanted in connection with an assault that took place on March 15, 2014, on Hillcrest Terrace in Southampton.  When he was arrested, Pettaway was seen with a woman whom he had been barred from making any contact with under an active order of protection. As a result, Pettaway was slapped with criminal contempt and assault charges. He is being held pending arraignment on May 3, 2014.

Fatal DWI Crash

Also on Friday, Southampton Town Police arrested a drunk driver who struck and killed a bicyclist on County Road #39. Neil S. Fyfe, 29, of Jupiter Florida, was crossing the road on his bicycle, in the crosswalk, when he was hit by an eastbound-traveling Jeep driven by Jesse Werner Steudte, 21, of Southampton.

Onlookers immediately started CPR on Fyfe, who was then taken to Southampton Hospital by Southampton Volunteer Ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.  Steudte, the jeep's driver, was treated at the scene for minor injuries and then arrested. Southampton Town Detectives charged him with Driving While Intoxicated, and the investigation remains ongoing.

Southampton Town Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about the crash to contact them at 631-702-2230.

MaryAnn May 04, 2014 at 03:18 PM
This is another topic but I think they (cable) should take off some of the darn cop shows , their on most every channel . Cable should put on a yesterday family program...
Tramar Pettaway May 07, 2014 at 12:33 AM
Take this down
Johnny A May 20, 2014 at 07:58 AM
I had a great grilled cheese sandwich yesterday.


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