Guardian Angels prepare to patrol Riverhead

The Guardian Angels are preparing to patrol the streets of Riverhead within the next two weeks in an effort to fight back against gang activity.

The call for the anti-crime organization comes after several robbery attacks on Hispanic men in the last 18 months. There was also a shooting in nearby Greenport that allegedly involved rival gang members from Riverhead.

The call for the anti-crime organization comes after several robbery attacks on Hispanic men in the last 18 months. There was also a shooting in nearby Greenport that allegedly involved rival gang members from Riverhead. (5/5/15)

RIVERHEAD - The Guardian Angels are preparing to patrol the streets of Riverhead within the next two weeks in an effort to fight back against gang activity.

The call for the anti-crime organization comes after several robbery attacks on Hispanic men in the last 18 months. There was also a shooting in nearby Greenport that allegedly involved rival gang members from Riverhead.

Police Chief David Hegermiller says the Guardian Angels may be able to help combat the gang problem and help communicate with Latinos in the community.

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa met with Hegermiller Tuesday to discuss areas that have become a hotbed for gang activity. The organization has been patrolling Greenport since December.

People who live in Riverhead told News 12 they are happy knowing that they will have these Guardian Angels watching over them.

Sliwa says the group will also be recruiting people interested in becoming members of the Guardian Angels. 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Long Island can expect powerful winds and heavy 1 Nor'easter expected to bring strong winds, heavy rain
Cycle for Survival is the movement to beat 2 Cycle for Survival: Fighting rare cancers
The high winds expected with the nor'easter could 3 South Shore communities prep for nor'easter
The head of the Nassau chapter of Planned 4 LI Planned Parenthood chief voices concerns on administation
A teenager was attacked in a park Sunday 5 Police: Teen attacked at Huntington Station park

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Police say the victims were found around 12:30 2 arrested, 2 injured in Southold shooting

Police say the victims were found around 12:30 a.m. at a home on South Harbor

Freddie Fernando Torres Campos is accused in an 4th arrest made in Southold double shooting

Four alleged MS 13 gang members accused in a attack that left two men injured

Freddie Fernando Torres Campos is accused in an Alleged MS-13 member faces assault charges

An alleged MS-13 gang member is facing assault charges in connection to a shooting in

The suspect, 20-year-old Albino De Jesus-Medina, of Bay 5th arrest made in connection to gang-related attack

The suspect, 20-year-old Albino De Jesus-Medina, of Bay Shore, was in court today.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE