Coast Guard member arrested in Montauk home invasion

Posted: Updated:
MONTAUK -

A member of the United States Coast Guard slipped into a Montauk woman's Essex Street home and attacked her while she was sleeping, according to East Hampton town police.

They arrested Petty Officer Matthew McGee, 22, for allegedly entering the 67-year-old victim's home through an unlocked door and attacking her around midnight Saturday.

McGee faces charges including burglary and assault.

Jay Burke, the victim's husband, told Newsday that he was sleeping upstairs while his wife was in a downstairs bedroom. He said McGee choked, punched and bit his wife during a 40-minute assault.

"She was bloody, extremely bloody -- my first thought was she must have fell down the stairs," he said.

Burke says his wife was taken to Southampton Hospital with "severe" injuries.

News 12 has recently updated to a brand new version of our iOS and Android apps.  If you don't have auto updates enabled on your devices, head to the App Store or Google Play Store to update to the latest version.  This will ensure you keep getting up-to-date local news, traffic and weather information.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."