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Cops charge two more BMX riders in Splish Splash Thanksgiving Day break-in

Ethan Solomkin and Joseph Hanusiewicz. Photos: Riverhead Police handout

Two more suspects have been arrested in connection with the Thanksgiving Day break-in at Splish Splash Water Park by BMX joy riders, Riverhead Police announced this morning.

An ongoing investigation led to the arrests of Ethan Solomkin, 25, of Great Neck on Jan. 2 and Joseph Hanusiewicz, 24, of Massapequa Park on Jan. 6, police said in a press release.

Both men were charged with criminal trespass in the third degree, according to the report. They were both processed and released on appearance tickets returnable for Jan. 18 in Riverhead Town Justice Court, police said.

Riverhead Police on Dec. 6 arrested Billy Perry, 22, of West Islip, Brian Chliek, 34, of Bayport, Jonathan Nemecek, 25, and Anthony Panza, 19, both of Lindenhurst on third-degree criminal trespass charges. On Dec. 28 police said they had identified one additional suspect and sought information on three additional, as-yet unidentified suspects in the incident; they offered a cash reward for information leading to their arrests.

Police said eight people climbed a fence at Splish Splash on November 24 at approximately 8 a.m. and rode bicycles on multiple waterslides throughout the park.  Their actions caused thousands of dollars in damages to equipment at the park, according to police.

Perry wore a video camera throughout the escapade, recorded their activity as they drove to the park, climbed over a barbed wire fence to gain entry to the complex and rode their bikes on various water slides in what he described on the video as “the most savage session” they’d had “in a long time.” 

Perry published a 14-minute video of their session on his YouTube channel Nov. 27; the video went viral, attracting more than 6.4 million views. He also posted clips from the video on Instagram and Facebook. 

An active investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Riverhead Police Department at 631-727-4500.


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.

Denise Civiletti
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