- Suffolk County Corrections Officer Andrew Reister, of Hampton Bays, died at 11:08 a.m. Saturday morning after being in critical condition and on life support resulting from an assault by a patron at the Southampton Publick House early Thursday morning. Reister, moonlighting as a bouncer, suffered severe brain damage from the altercation in which assailant Anthony Oddone (pictured above) held him in a choke hold until he fell unconscious. Police report Reister's family was by his side at the critical unit at Stony Brook University Medical Center this morning.
Andrew Reister, 40, of Hampton Bays, worked as
a Suffolk County Corrections Officer at the Riverhead
Sources say that Reister, 40, was working the night shift at the Publick House on Wednesday, Aug. 6, during "ladies night," when a party-goer became disruptive and combative. Reister had asked Anthony Oddone, 25, of 55 Clover Avenue, Farmingville, to come down off a table when an altercation broke out. Oddone allegedly assaulted Reister, wrestling him to the ground and put him in a head-lock before he was later apprehended fleeing the premises by taxi by Southampton Village Police officers.
First In A Series
Oddone is expected to be charged with murder in the second degree, commonly a sentence from 25 years to life in prison. According to CBS news reporter Jennifer McLogan, in Southampton Friday to report on the incident, Oddone was moved to New York City's Rikers Island Jail on Friday to ensure his protection. He is due back in court on Tuesday, Aug 12.
According to the Suffolk County Police Department, Oddone was initially charged with Assault in the first degree, a felony, and arraigned Thursday, Aug. 7, at Southampton Village Justice Court. He is being held on $500,000 bail. Amended charges now that Reister has died are not likely to be advanced until the court appearance set for Tuesday. The Suffolk County Police Department Homicide Squad is investigating.
First Murder In 20 Years
Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley said the incident is "very unfortunate." The murder is the first to occur in Southampton Village since May of 1988. "You think about the volume of people we have come here, the number of incidents," Epley offered. "You'd like to see it be 1,000 years between [homicides]. It's never a good number."
Anthony Oddone, 25, of Farmingville, worked as a
caddy at The Bridge golf course in Bridgehampton.
"No explanation will ever be good enough," the mayor said in an interview Friday afternoon. "[Reister] comes from a good local family - hard working, he added. You hate to see a tragedy like this placed on any family."
According to Epley, the Publick House has always been good to the community. If the mayor were to rank the places in Southampton where an incident like this were to occur, the local restaurant would be the lowest on his list.
Southampton Village Police were called to the Publick House, at 40 Bowden Square in Southampton, at 1:12 a.m. Thursday. Upon arrival Reister was unconscious despite efforts by a number of patrons who had unsuccessfully attempted to stop Oddone. Additionally, some patrons had attempted CPR.
The incident reportedly began when the bouncer asked Oddone to stop dancing on a table. According to the police accounts, Oddone held Reister in a choke hold and continued choking him for a significant period of time even after Reister fell unconscious. Southampton Village Police arrested Oddone as he fled in a taxi.
Michael Sharkey, Chief of Staff for the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office, said that Reister was an "exemplary officer," having worked in the sheriff's office since April 1994. For the past several years, Reister worked with inmates in the Rehabilitation Unit, where he helped to prepare them to re-enter society after their time in jail. Sharkey said Reister had been recognized in the past by Suffolk County for his work there.
A manager at the Publick House indicated that the management of the restaurant has no comment on the incident at this time "out of respect for the family."
Southampton Village Police were called to the Publick House, at 40 Bowden Square in Southampton, at 1:12 a.m. Upon arrival Reister was unconscious despite efforts by a number of patrons who had unsuccessfully attempted to stop Oddone. Additionally, some patrons had attempted CPR. Photo by Kelly Carroll