The pedestrian bridge in Grangebel Park leading to Nugent Drive in Riverside. File photo: Denise Civiletti

Riverhead Town Police have charged two men in a knifepoint robbery that took place yesterday afternoon in Grangebel Park.

Police were called to the park yesterday at about 2:15 p.m. by a man who said he’d just been robbed at knifepoint.

The victim reported that two unknown men displaying a knife had beaten him up and removed his backpack, which contained his cell phone and other items, police said. The suspects left the park with the victim’s backpack.

Responding officers searched the area with the victim and located the suspects at the bus stop at the county center, according to a police press release. The victim identified the suspects and they were placed under arrest. The victim’s cell phone was recovered, police said.

Steven A. Durham, 36, undomiciled and Timothy L. Hardge, 32, of Riverhead, were both charged with robbery in the first degree, police said. They were held for morning arraignment in Riverhead Justice Court.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone that may have witnessed the incident is asked to call the Riverhead Police Department at (631) 727-4500.

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

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