Police: Hampton Bays manhunt leads to suspected prowler's arrest

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A Hampton Bays man suspected of robbing a pub employee and then prowling through adjacent neighborhoods was arrested after a multiagency manhunt early Sunday morning, Southampton Town police said.

Police said they received a call about a dispute in progress at Charlie Brown's pub on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday. Police said Lucas Guillen, 29, who had been a patron of the business, had attacked and robbed an employee who had been closing the pub.

As police investigated, the department began receiving multiple calls reporting a prowler in the neighborhood around Shore Road and East Tiana Road in Hampton Bays, a short distance away. Police said the prowler, who matched Guillen's description, had been trying to get into several homes.

Shortly before 8 a.m., police received an additional call that reported Guillen as being in a yard on Grant Boulevard in Hampton Bays. When police arrived, Guillen refused to obey orders from police and instead ran away, police said.

Town police, accompanied by the New York State Police canine unit and the Suffolk County police aviation unit, began searching for Guillen, who was ultimately arrested by town police near East Rampasture Road and Hampton Harbor Lane. Police said he had cocaine on him at the time of his arrest.

Guillen was charged with third-degree robbery, third-degree criminal trespass, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and second-degree obstructing governmental administration.

Several police officers were injured during the manhunt and were taken to local hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The investigation is continuing and police ask anyone with information about this case to call the town police detective division at 631-702-2230.

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