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Jun 6, 2011 9:37 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Cops: Man Brandishes Knife At Hampton Bays Diner

Jun 7, 2011 12:24 PM

A Hampton Bays Diner employee was arrested early Sunday morning at his workplace after authorities said he brandished a knife and tried to attack a fellow worker.

Southampton Town Police said Maurilio Ramires-Ortiz, 23, a dishwasher at the Montauk Highway eatery, was off work and intoxicated at the time of the incident. When other employees asked him to leave, he picked up a large kitchen knife and began brandishing it, officers said. One male employee grabbed a garbage can for protection, and when Mr. Ramires-Ortiz tried to stab him, he ended up stabbing the can instead, police said.

Mr. Ramires-Ortiz, who also uses the alias Maurilio Salazar-Guerrero, according to his arrest report, was subdued by his fellow employees. He was arrested at 4:18 a.m., according to police.

He was charged with attempted assault in the first degree, a felony, and menacing in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, both misdemeanors, police said. He was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $7,000 bail following arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court.

Officers said Mr. Ramires-Ortiz, a native of Mexico, also was wanted on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement warrant.

Police: Man Failed To Register

A convicted sex offender who lives in Flanders was arrested last week after Southampton Town Police said he failed to register his new address within the 10 days required by state law.

Benjamin S. Griffin, 55, reported to headquarters last Thursday, June 2, to register a change of address from the trailers in Riverside that are designated for homeless sex offenders to a Cypress Avenue home in Flanders, officers said, but he had not lived at his registered address since April 21.

Mr. Griffin is a Level 3 sex offender, the most serious of three levels that courts assign, according to the State Division of Criminal Justice Services sex offender registry. Level 3, a lifelong designation, is given to offenders who are believed to have a high risk of a repeat offense and serve as a threat to public safety.

Mr. Griffin was convicted on May 2, 1983, of two counts of rape in the first degree and one count of sexual abuse in the first degree, both felonies, following an arrest by Town Police, the registry states. Mr. Griffin had sexual intercourse and sexual contact with a female whose age and relationship to Mr. Griffin are listed as unknown in the registry. It also notes that he used a knife or other type of cutting instrument.

Mr. Griffin was arrested at 1:15 p.m. last Thursday and charged with failure to report a change of address as a sex offender, a felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Police said he had a bag of marijuana in his pants pocket.

He is being held without bail at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside, where he was sent following arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court.

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