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Apr 21, 2009 7:11 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Knife wielded in clash between immigrant and protester

Apr 21, 2009 7:11 PM

Gabriel Sanchez-Nugra, 26, was arrested on Monday morning, April 20, at around 8 a.m. by East Hampton Village Police in front of the East Hampton train station on Railroad Avenue and charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor. Bail was set at $350.

Police responded to a 911 call of menacing in front of the train station after Springs anti-illegal immigration protester Ricky King said that Mr. Sanchez-Nugra had threatened him with a 2-inch silver switchblade. When an officer arrived on the scene, Mr. Sanchez-Nugra was still holding the knife and police confiscated it.

Mr. King has been part of protests against illegal immigration in front of the 7-Eleven in Southampton and the East Hampton train station on several occasions. A few weeks ago, he held up a sign in front of the train station that read, “Mayor Rickenbach’s Slave Labor Market.”

Mr. Sanchez-Nugra is alleging that Mr. King started harassing him, saying “go back to your country,” cursing at him and using racial slurs, Village Police Chief Gerard Larsen said.

Chief Larsen said that police looked into filing charges of harassment against Mr. King, but because the detectives did not see the incident, there was insufficient evidence for such a charge. 
“Because this is such a hot issue throughout the county, we also contacted the Suffolk County Hate Crimes Unit,” Chief Larsen said. “He concurred that there was not enough evidence to charge Mr. King with anything.” Village police also forwarded statements to the District Attorney’s office for review but have not received a response yet.

“The bottom line is words are words and a knife is something totally different,” Chief Larsen said.

Mr. Sanchez-Nugra did not have identification on him when he was arrested but his fingerprints did not match any warrants issued by other police departments.

On the subject of Mr. Sanchez-Nugra’s immigration status, “We don’t usually contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement unless it’s a felony,” Chief Larsen said.

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Police departments like this one is what is wrong with the whole country. They don't bother to check the persons background when they are booked into jail. Because when a person will pull a knife on someone for just saying what they think? Give me a break!! Legal citizens still have rights in this country. As far as trying to charge someone with a hate crime for speaking their mind? Again give me a break!!! I never heard of such PC crap Ice should be called on every one of these so-called ...more
By Barb (1), Auburn on Apr 21, 09 10:09 PM
Amazing to call Hate Crime Unit for an alleged "name calling" and for protesting against "ILLEGAL ALIENS" which is a citizens right. I do not believe in that Hate Crime BS. Makes it too easy to accuse anyone of that .

And then to put a man on a 350.00 bond for pulling a knife and more then likely making deadly threats.

Not always the fault of the police since some counties tie their hands. They need to get 287(g) program if they do not have it now.
By uniteas1 (1), stokesdale on Apr 21, 09 10:58 PM
This is only the beginning. The Illegal Aliens think they are entitled and expect sympathy. Let's see how long it takes for break-ins and robberies to start happening. The police department needs to contact ICE and have them all picked up. Southampton needs to take their community back while they still can. Last time I checked, we still have freedom of speech. It is a shame that Mr. King had to go through this, because he was standing up for what he knows is right. Our borders need to be secured ...more
By Patriot (3), Cleveland on Apr 21, 09 11:11 PM
amazing no id holding a knife but he called me names 350.00 bail should be 3500.00 bail at the least. great only a matter of time before you find that knife in someone,because he called me names,or looked at me funny.
By pinga (90), hamptonbays on Apr 22, 09 7:34 AM
Jeez, maybe if he was fed at an illegal soup kitchen he wouyldn't have been so cranky... i'm sure some dope will be here any minute defending this.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Apr 22, 09 9:48 AM
The true nature of the illegal immigrant emerges.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Apr 22, 09 10:41 AM
Maybe if Ricky King would behave like a gentleman he wouldn't be threatened by anyone ! I would be interested if Mr. King had an arrest record.
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Apr 22, 09 11:17 AM
Wonder what the immigrant's record is like.....but if he's not legal we won't know...huh, go figure.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Apr 22, 09 1:32 PM
Comon lets look at the bright side, thats 350.00 that going to stay in the usa.
I'm sure the other 20 or 30k he made tax free went south of the border for sure.
By Boomer (6), southampton on Apr 22, 09 3:20 PM
Actually the Police do check the id and status of everyone arrested - felony or not, whenever they are fingerprinted. The bail is set by the judge - the cops have no say in the bail.
By johnnytax (29), new york on Apr 22, 09 6:32 PM
How come a hate crime was not investigated against the knife yielding Nugra?
King has been out there for years without incident.
By kpjc (161), east quogue on Apr 23, 09 7:29 AM
It is well known that the anti-immigrant protesters like Mr. King have been physically and mentally abusive to day laborers for years. They have spat upon, pushed and hit these men with their signs. They have verbally assaulted and threatened these workers and it was only a matter of time until someone finally had enough.

I do not condone the actions of Mr. Sanchez-Nugra. Weapons are never the answer and, if a crime was committed, he will have to pay. It is important to remember that ...more
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Apr 23, 09 8:54 AM
mexican knife fighting? or cuchillo in their native tongue.

I love the culture the latest wave of immigrants is bringing to the US. It is very exciting to see what is coming next.

Maybe drug cartels?
By C Law (354), Water Mill on Apr 23, 09 11:37 AM
Dagdavid, I have no doubt you are right. They most likely do take alot. But my question has always been, If you are here legally why are you standing on the side of the road looking for work? Why not use the same ways we all do, newspapers,pounding the pavement,etc? why stand there and take that UNLESS...you have a reason not to go about looking for work legally? thats all I want to know. If the protesters bother you, don't stand there, don't get paid by creeps off the books. Go put in applications. ...more
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Apr 23, 09 3:29 PM
Mr. king has done nothing wrong, even if he harassed them..he sort of has the right to. illegal immigrants in this country should have no rights. i put my full support behind these true American's protesting illegals
By Wake up (1), southampton on Apr 23, 09 4:52 PM
Mr. King has a right to HARASS someone because they are not legal? Where does it stop then? What doesn't he have the right to do?

That's a pretty scary thought.
By RealLocal (76), Bridgehampton on Apr 23, 09 4:59 PM
Wake Up, Perhaps you're living in China. If you are in the United States, then you are protected by this country's constitution regardless of your legal status. That is what makes America great. A dedication to human rights and liberties. What is always so amazing to me is that people like you are so proud to be Americans, yet you have absolutely zero concept of the founding principles of this country.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Apr 23, 09 8:32 PM
Squeaky, I appreciate that you are willing to accept that these people are being treated unfairly by Mr. King and his ilk. I honestly do. My problem is that the question of why they can't go fill in applications instead of standing on the street looking for day labor shows a complete lack of understanding of the plight of these workers and the state of the American job market.

These men have not come here because someone told them they could get a job at WalMart or through an employment ...more
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Apr 23, 09 8:50 PM
Dag I hear ya , really but why not work at Walmart? If you are hungry enough to need food from a tire store , why wait in the rain and snow for work? Go and get a job by filling out an application. I may not totally understand the plight but if you are here legally why the underhanded or underground way of getting a job? I agree, they are here because of the hunger for cheap labor. But I personally know of well know large construction company who hires illegals cheap and when work slows down they ...more
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Apr 24, 09 10:52 AM
The answer to why not work at Wal-Mart? Language barrier is the answer. Legal immigrants still have to learn the language. So jobs at Wal-Mart or McDonalds are hard to come by if you don’t speak the language, but if you notice, the children of these immigrants do take jobs at Wal-Mart similar businesses. The immigration question is not just about being legal or illegal. It’s about coming to a country, learning the language, dealing with people who hate and mistreat you because of your ethnicity; ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Apr 25, 09 1:15 PM
Some of you Liberals make me laugh oh its our fault these people pull knives on people drive illegally drink in public sell and do drugs and so on . You are all just like the President you elected always saying its Americans faults . Last i saw we sent about 3 BILLON Dollars to Mexico and who knows how much more to all the other Latin countrys plus all the untaxed MONEY they send home from working in our country ILLEGALLY Oh but our country is so bad .. Maybe some of you Liberals will be affected ...more
By amazed (3), southampton on Apr 25, 09 1:33 PM
Some of you say call I.C.E. well our great President and our Homeland Sec have put a stop to all of the programs ice had in effect.. Now when you try to check their ss # you get no were so WTF..
By amazed (3), southampton on Apr 25, 09 1:38 PM
Maybe the real problem is on a deeper level. These people are here because OUR own citizens , in the name of saving the almighty dollar , began years ago to hire illegal aliens to work as maids , or nannies etc...
As time passed , more and more people entered the country seeking an illegal work /no tax/cash scenario , entirely made possible by those among us that were willing to betray their own country just so they could be a little richer. In few places is this more obvious nor ...more
By Chris G. (3), Southampton on Apr 25, 09 2:43 PM
we might finally begin to recover econically. An economy MUST be a circle and not a straight line.
By Chris G. (3), Southampton on Apr 25, 09 2:46 PM
PStevens, I'm not sure if you have been to McDonalds, Rite Aid or CVS around here lately but no one speaks English. So the language barrier is not the problem. In fact thay talk amoungst each other in Spanish and it makes me very uncomfortable. Giggling etc is very unprofessional. I don't hate or mistreat anyone but I resent anyone taking full advantage of my tax dollars and basically thumbing their nose at my country. YES you must learn English, don't call my office to make an appointment and ask ...more
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Apr 25, 09 5:44 PM
Pstevens and all other slowpokes

get with it. there is no "official language" in this country, no one has to learn any specific language, or even utter a word throughout their lives. Everyone does not speak the same language, it's not a problem.
By dogfacejones (81), Southampton on Apr 25, 09 10:00 PM
Squeaky: So the language barrier is not the problem. In fact thay talk amoungst each other in Spanish and it makes me very uncomfortable. Giggling etc is very unprofessional. I don't hate or mistreat anyone but I resent anyone taking full advantage of my tax dollars and basically thumbing their nose at my country. YES you must learn English, don't call my office to make an appointment and ask if anyone speaks Spanish....no you need me, speak MY language. I don't hate or mistreat, I

Talk ...more
By dogfacejones (81), Southampton on Apr 25, 09 10:09 PM
You people on this board are amazing. Seriously. You blame the immigrants for everything and simply refuse to listen to any factual data that shows you are dead wrong! We just bailed out the banks and they are planning to give away the same huge bonuses this year using YOUR TAX dollars that you are so damned concerned about while refusing to lend. Dig deep and find the courage to go after those who are truly responsible for your problems - CORPORATE AMERICA.

You know why everyone at ...more
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Apr 26, 09 12:32 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By amazed (3), southampton on Apr 26, 09 6:50 PM
Wow, touchy....funny how just a couple of you can't seem to have an honest debate withot calling names. If that makes you feel better, whatever. Its just very telling when you have to attack grammar or spelling instead of having a conversation. You are the angry ones, especially when you don't agree.I actually don't recall saying any protester is right, only they HAVE that right. But again, you can be as pissy as you want. Just don't expect anyone here to respect what you have to say when you go ...more
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Apr 27, 09 8:39 AM
Squeaky, You call blaming the immigrants for everything an honest debate?
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Apr 27, 09 9:52 AM
I'm with you, Squeaky. These are foreign nationals invading our country. We are Citizens of the United States. We don't want them here. We don't want to support them. We don't want them taking over our country. We don't want them overrunning our neighborhoods. They must go.
By darwin (47), southampton on Apr 27, 09 10:00 AM
Please show me where I blamed anyone for anything. If someone else did then why is everyone who does not agree with you ignorant? Its not ignorant to have another opinion!
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Apr 27, 09 10:16 AM
Squeaky, will you please address your statements I cited above?
Please explain why anyone on earth is required to learn the English language and why anyone "needs" your business. Also, how do your personal thoughts on the matter help any sort of argument? thank you
to refresh:
"So the language barrier is not the problem. In fact thay talk amoungst each other in Spanish and it makes me very uncomfortable. Giggling etc is very unprofessional. I don't hate or mistreat anyone but I resent ...more
By dogfacejones (81), Southampton on Apr 27, 09 11:02 AM
My personal thoughts are just that. Normal people can have thoughts, I am not required to share a brain with you. I have never proclaimed to have an opinion to settle anything. Your ideas have done what? As far as language, if you come to my office be ready to speak to me. You are there cause you need me, that is what that statement means, not that anyone "needs" my business.Also there is no need to take up space with my quotes, I am very aware of what I say. For someone who does not like or respect ...more
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Apr 27, 09 12:02 PM
Again , why is nobody mentioning those among us that provided the incentives for this influx of illegal , cheap labor? Why does nobody mention those that began overlooking things like a lack of a ss#? We started it....
By Chris G. (3), Southampton on Apr 27, 09 1:35 PM
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Maybe these illegals are confused? Maybe we should stop saying "This is the land of opportunity" Maybe we should send the statue of liberty back...

Lets go back to the days when there were only Gu_neas, Ch_nks, K_kes, Inj_ns, Sp_cks, M_cks Ect...

Same racist ...more
By Soundview (89), Hampton bays on Apr 27, 09 2:04 PM
When this whole immigration issue began the "illegals' were said to be doing the work that nobody else wanted to do, and there was no problem. They weren't taking jobs from anybody. Now that the economy is in the tank they are taking jobs away from the American workers. Quite a reversal in thinking. The use of the term "cheap labor" points to the fact that they were, and are still, in many cases being paid cash. Herein lies the problem. By paying cash a market is created for workers without proper ...more
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Apr 27, 09 2:46 PM
I don't need to sound intelligent
By dogfacejones (81), Southampton on Apr 28, 09 12:57 AM
Faceless, you seem to have an odd obsession with sheep. Perhaps you should seek help.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Apr 28, 09 10:43 AM
Your obsession with Faceless is equally disturbing.....therapy all around.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Apr 28, 09 12:54 PM
The law says you must follow certain procedures to enter this country. The law says you must have certain paperwork to work in this country. The law says you can't have 30 people to a house. The law says that you must pay payroll taxes and, if you are an employer, you must collect these taxes. So, why the heck aren't these laws enforced? Why do some of you people think this is ok? If you have a lot of money and want to be humane, send money to relief organzations. Look at all the suffering ...more
By darwin (47), southampton on Apr 28, 09 1:08 PM