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Two juveniles have been arrested after allegedly assaulting a homeless man near TJ Maxx in Riverhead, according to Riverhead Police.

Police said they received an anonymous complaint on Nov. 10 at 6:16 p.m. about a group of four to five juveniles that appeared to be in a dispute with a homeless man. When police arrived, they found the man with injuries to his face, police said in a press release. The man reported being asleep when he was struck in the head by unknown subjects, police said. The man was transported to the Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, police said.

The Riverhead Police COPE Unit conducted an investigation into the incident, which revealed the man was attacked by two juvenile males, who were arrested and charged with third-degree assault, according to police. The juveniles’ names and ages were not disclosed by police. Both were processed in the presence of their parent/guardian and transported to Suffolk County Family Court for arraignment, police said.

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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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: