DA: Parolee arraigned in sex assault, robbery of Patchogue woman
A Patchogue parolee was arraigned Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting and robbing a woman after dragging her to a grassy area near his home in the early hours of June 29.
Gary Grigg, 25, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual act and second-degree robbery in which he punched the victim repeatedly, breaking her nose and bloodying her mouth before taking $26 from her, said Bob Clifford, spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.
Bail was set at $75,000 cash or $150,000 bond, but Grigg is on "parole hold" for violating curfew, which means he remains in jail even if he pays the bail.
The woman, 24, was walking on Main Street from her home to a friend's house when the attacker grabbed her from behind about 3:15 a.m., police said. He forced her to an area between West and River avenues, police said.
Grigg, of 265 W. Main St., was arrested on a parole warrant Wednesday evening at his home, Clifford said. Details on what tied him to the crime were unavailable Thursday. Grigg did not speak at his arraignment. His Legal Aid attorney declined to comment.
The prosecutor told the judge that Grigg "followed the victim, a random stranger."
Fifth Precinct commanders held a news conference last week to ask for help in nabbing the attacker, captured on surveillance video following the woman. Online court records show Grigg has a pending case stemming from a June 14 arrest for third-degree aggravated, unlicensed operation of a vehicle, a misdemeanor, and three driving infractions, including failure to stop at a stop sign.
The prosecutor told the judge that Grigg pleaded guilty in 2006 to first-degree robbery. Clifford said he was sentenced in 2009 for burglarizing a Bellport house that was steps from his home. Records show he was paroled in 2011.