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Police: Rape Info Released as Fast as Possible

Police arrested alleged rapist Luis Sanchez same day of attack, though they only told the community two days later.

In response to a Kings Park community that is on edge following the Suffolk County police deny that they delayed releasing info to the public even though it took two days for the department to announce the arrest of the suspect.

“You have to understand that in this particular investigation we continued for 20 hours starting from the time we were notified and then recommissioned five hours later,” said Det. Sgt. Edward Compagnone, of the Suffolk County Police’s Fourth Squad.

Police arrested Luis Sanchez of Kings Park at approximatley 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the same day the rape was reported. But the police only issued a statement about the rape and arrest on Thursday, two days after the incident occurred.

But readers of Patch, many who had witnessed the police activity in town Tuesday, reached out with concerns over whether someone dangerous was on the loose. 

According to Compagnone releasing information in case like this where they had solid leads would be detrimental to the case.

"In an instance where we get information where an event occurs like this and we don’t have any leads and we don’t know who this is, yes we put out any information that we are looking through the media and Crime Stoppers, said Compagnone. "In this case we had leads very early on."

“The public was in not danger. He was taken into custody relatively quickly,” said Compagnone.

This is the second reported rape in Kings Park in less than six months. Compagnone said he is aware of the and says the cases appear to be unrelated.

Dan Keefe, deputy public information officer for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation said there is no new information on the rape reported by NYS Park Police in April and that park police are still working with the Major Crime Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Police patrols at NRSP remain at a higher frequency since the report of the April attack according to Lieutenant John Michta of the park police.

"We have people stationed there and other officers in nearby who check regularly," said Michta.

Police are not releasing any details about the woman who police say was raped multiple times, including her age, in order to protect her identity. The woman was jogging when she was pulled into a wooded area by a dead end parallel to Marvin Drive in Kings Park.

“It's a close community, we're trying to preserve her privacy,” said Capagnone.

Sanchez, 23 was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip and is being held in the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverhead on $1,000,025 bond or $500,025 cash.

Sanchez is expected back in court on Monday.

AM August 13, 2011 at 04:14 AM
WHO is this guy and illegal??? Oh wait let me be PC an undocumented? Well you know what we need to get them out of here?? what is happening to this town???
Anne Kash August 13, 2011 at 11:02 AM
We need to be more aware of who and what kind of folks our townies are renting to. This town is waaay too trusting and I am not taking any chances with my front door or my car. Some call me nosey...some call me the mayor of the block I live on...but you know what?? I want to know who and what before anything bad happens, Eyes open people and watch out who you rent to!
Kathleen August 13, 2011 at 01:16 PM
I agree AM, in Fla the amount of Illegals w/criminal pasts is huge. Anne, we need to watch out for each other a neighborhood watch should be brought back in every neighboorhood, I always watch out for strange cars, people and activity that seems out of sorts. I will drop a dime in a heartbeat, better it's nothing than something I ignored.
jen August 13, 2011 at 01:21 PM
lets go after the home owner who rented it to him.
jen August 13, 2011 at 01:23 PM
lets go after the homeowner for renting it to him. is the apartment legal.people should see who is living in there house.
Craig August 13, 2011 at 01:46 PM
Does anyone know where he lived?
George August 13, 2011 at 01:53 PM
Not to make a tragedy political but we do need to have an honest conversation with democrats about ILLEGAL immigration. Even if you are in a union you should not vote for proponents of Illegal immigration (which means virtually all Democrats). We can’t trade the safety of our wives, daughters, mothers and sisters for a good paying job. Stop supporting those who give illegal immigrants sanctuary.
Dawn August 13, 2011 at 02:04 PM
I think we need to make a call to the town and demand that they look into this property. I'm sure it not legal to be rented out, etc. How many people are living there? Who knows? I've been noticing a lot of odd people walking around these streets that I haven't seen years ago when I moved here. The area will start getting trashier and trashier if we keep allowing people like this to bring it down!
ant August 13, 2011 at 03:05 PM
I agree Dawn
KPer August 13, 2011 at 04:42 PM
I sent an email to Congressman Bishop, who represents our district. Hope it doesn't fall on deaf ears : Congressman Bishop, As a lifelong Long Islander, I have witnessed illegal immigration change the landscape of Long Island over the last 20 years. I grew up in Nassau County,in a very diverse community, and saw firsthand how overwhelming illegal immigration changes the quality of life in a town. I moved my family to Kings Park 6 years ago, so that my children can grow up in a safe community, and benefit from a great quality of life. With all of the illegal immigrants coming here with an unchecked history, how safe are our families who have to live among them? Why is our government, from a local to a national level, not making this issue a priority. Hard working, tax paying Americans are forced to live amongst a tremendous influx of undocumented people, who are using the resources that we pay for and some of which may have criminal history which is unknown. If you speak to the average constiuent within your district, I can assure you this a great concern. I am taking the time to reach out to you in the hopes that something can be done to rectify this issue. Thank you for your time.
Dawn August 14, 2011 at 11:21 PM
@tricia, who's body was found?

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