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Ex-con accused of East Hampton home invasion

A Southampton man was arrested Wednesday in "a brutal home invasion and assault" in what investigators described as a botched drug-related crime in East Hampton, police said.

The suspect, Alexander C. Haje, broke into the wrong house in search of drugs and money on July 27, police said.

The home invasion took place one day after Haje, 26, was released on parole on an previous conviction for bank robbery, a spokeswoman for the New York State Division of Parole said.

Haje, of 16 Missapoque Ave., Southampton, was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, conspiracy and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, police said. Arraignment information was not immediately available.

On Thursday no one answered the number listed for Haje's home address.

The burglary took place at a Fanning Avenue home in East Hampton at about 11:30 p.m. July 27 when "Haje and an accomplice lured the victim outside his residence where he was assaulted and forced back into the home," East Hampton Det. Lt. Christopher Anderson said in a Wednesday news release.

"Once inside, the assault continued until the defendants fled with cash, credit cards and electronics. Detectives believe the pair mistakenly went to the wrong home in an attempt to rob another man of drugs and money," Anderson said.

Police said they are still looking for a second suspect in the home invasion.

State prison records show Haje was sentenced in 2009 to a term of 2 to 4 years at the Queensboro Correctional Facility in Long Island City after his conviction on felony charges of third-degree robbery and falsely reporting an incident. Upon his July 26 release, he was placed on community supervision in Suffolk County, state records show.

If convicted of the new felonies, Haje would have to serve at least a year of time remaining on his 2009 bank robbery conviction, a state parole division spokeswoman said.

Newsday reported in February 2009 that a bomb threat called into the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove was part of Haje's elaborate plan to rob a Centereach bank.

Haje, then a resident of South Setauket, was trying to divert police and slow a response to the robbery -- but he phoned the wrong precinct, police said.

"He obviously put some time and effort in -- a lot of planning in putting his disguise together," Det. Sgt. Robert Doyle, of the Major Case Investigations Unit, said in 2009. "But he didn't realize where the precinct lines cross, so his plan went a little awry as far as calling in the bomb scare."

The mall is in Suffolk's Fourth Precinct and the bank is in the Sixth Precinct, and plenty of police units were available to respond to both calls.

For the 2009 bank robbery Haje tried to disguise his appearance with black face makeup, a long black-haired wig and a hooded overcoat, police said.

After the robbery Haje removed the outer clothing he wore in the bank, as well as the wig and makeup, but he didn't fool two of the responding Suffolk officers, police said.

They noticed makeup residue on his face and later a black pellet gun that fit the description of the semiautomatic handgun.

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