For Immediate Release
Monday, January 06, 2020
Incident: Death Investigation
Location: West Main Street, Riverhead
Date/Time: Thursday, January 2, 2020

Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the death of a man on January 5 after reporting he was in an altercation in the Riverhead area earlier this month. 


Wayne Sapiane reported to police that he was struck on the head by an unknown white male in the area of West Main Street in Riverhead on January 2. Southampton Town and Riverhead Town police both responded to the incident.


Sapiane, 65, who was undomiciled but living in Riverside, was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, and later to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he died January 5.


An autopsy will be done by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.


Police are asking anyone with information on this incident to contact Homicide Squad detectives at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.


Authority: Geraldine Hart, Commissioner 20-33425
Suffolk County Police Department

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