Cops: Man attacked girlfriend in Laurel
A Shirley man was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Laurel after he attacked his girlfriend at a gas station and then attempted to wrestle a gun from the police officer attempting to subdue him, police said.
Gormez was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree attempted grand larceny, resisting arrest, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and four counts of second-degree harassment, police said.
He is scheduled for arraignment Thursday in Southold Town Justice Court.
Police said Gormez attacked a female friend at 2:30 p.m. in a gas station on Route 25 in Laurel, then threatened a North Fork couple who witnessed the attack.
That couple was an off-duty New York State court officer and his wife, police said. They said the wife immediately called 911 to report the attack.
The responding officer said Gormez attempted to flee on foot and disregarded orders to stop. Police said Gormez then attacked the officer and, in the ensuing fight, attempted to gain control of the officer's weapon. Police said the off-duty court officer helped constrain Gormez, who was then arrested.
Police said that, in addition to the physical attacks, Gormez also caused "considerable damage" to the car owned by the female victim he was with.