RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – A 27-year-old Hampton Bays man was indicted on more than 30 counts, among them, raping one of his ex-girlfriends and then killing her dog in her presence, prosecutors said.
Justin Suarez was arraigned on a 34-count indictment in Riverhead on Monday after the U.S. Marshal Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested him in the Poconos, Pennsylvania last week, according to the Suffolk County Prosecutor’s Office.
His victims include two former girlfriends, one of whom he is charged with raping in August and December of 2014. The indictment also alleges Suarez stalked the woman, threatened her with a sledgehammer and fatally shot her dog.
“He told her that if she told anyone, he would kill her too,” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “We executed a search warrant and recovered the remains of the animal and two bullets. For that crime, the defendant is charged with a felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals.”
Suarez pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Southampton police issued a warrant for his arrest on October 9.
Suffolk County Judge Barbara Kahn set cash bail at $500,000 cash, or one million dollars bond.