File photo: Peter Blasl

Riverhead Town Police report the arrest early this morning of a Calverton resident on a felony assault charge after a fight at the Royal Dorado on East Main Street.

It was the second time in a week Riverhead police reported an early-morning assault at the establishment, which the town closed down a year ago after three violent assaults there between May and August last year.

Police said they were called to the Royal Dorado at 2:55 a.m. on the report of an assault that had just occurred in the parking lot. They determined that Jahir Luna-Martinez, 21, of Calverton had assaulted Nelson Leon, 23, of Riverhead with a belt buckle, causing a cut to his head that required treatment by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance personnel.

Luna-Martinez was arrested at the scene and transported to Riverhead police headquarters where he was processed on a charge of assault in the second degree and held for arraignment, according to a police press release issued today.

Last year, town officials said the premises had a certificate of occupancy for a deli and a county health department permit for a a 16-seat carry-out deli, but the owner had added a bar and additional seating without permits. According to a violation notice served on the owner of the business, deli cases that were on site during a permit inspection had been removed since the town issued a certificate of occupancy in February 2011.

The New York State Liquor Authority last year will be notified of the incident, police said.

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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