Riverhead Town Police Headquarters

A Riverhead man has been charged with menacing today after an incident at a home on Old Farm Road.

Police said they arrested John Kwasna, 47, on a civilian complaint lodged by Adam Hendrickson, 22, his tenant. Hendrickson called police at 8:37 a.m to report that said Kwasna menaced him with a baton.

Kwasna was charged with second-degree menacing and arraigned in Riverhead Justice Court this morning, where he was released on his own recognizance.

Kwasna was pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge in November 2013. He had been charged with felony reckless endangerment that July after he shot an wounded an intruder inside his Old Farm Road home on May 26, 2013 and fired a second shot at a car he mistakenly took for the intruder’s getaway car. The reckless endangerment charge stemmed from his shot at the vehicle, police said. The intruder, Thomas Anderson, was charged with burglary. Kwasna, a Suffolk County corrections officer, was sentenced in Suffolk County Criminal Court to a conditional discharge for a term of one year.


Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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