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Assisted by county’s facial recognition system, APD arrests a suspect in Valentine’s Day assault on local 7-Eleven employeeFree Access

Using Suffolk County’s facial recognition sys­tem, Amityville police identified and arrested a man they say beat up a 7-Eleven store employee at 403 Broadway in Amityville on Valentine’s Day.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:45 a.m., and witnesses said the man was armed with a gun and fled the scene before they arrived. Po­lice

K-9 units and helicopters scoured the area af­ter being alerted that he had headed east on Sun­rise Highway, jumped the median and run into the area around Omega Storage where police lost the trail. At the time, police recommended that the Amityville School District put the Edmund W. Miles Middle School on lockdown.

Amityville police were able to use a photo the victim took with his phone and put it through the facial-recognition system. It came up as that of Matthew S. Parker, 28, of Genesee St., North Bellmore, who had a previous warrant out for his arrest.

Amityville police flashed Parker’s photo on their rotating information board, and while on patrol at the Long Island Railroad Station on March 3, APO Bryan Burton III recognized an individual who fit the description, walking east toward Route 110 under the LIRR platform. Bur­ton stopped him but the man reportedly refused to identify himself.

With the assistance of APO Brian Governanti, Matthew Rousseau and Sgt. Michael Walters, Bur­ton found a wallet on him containing a Covid19 vaccine card in the name of Matthew Parker. He was taken into custody. The victim then made a positive identification, and he was arrested and charged with assault.

Parker appeared before Amityville Justice Jo­seph Calabrese and the charges against him are pending.

-Carolyn James

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