Hampton Bays Man Accused of Raping Ex-girlfriend

A 27-year-old Hampton Bays man accused of stalking two ex-girlfriends, one of whom he allegedly twice raped last year, was apprehended by federal agents in Pennsylvania, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

Justin Suarez pleaded not guilty Thursday at Suffolk County court to a 34-count grand jury indictment that included charges of rape, stalking, strangulation, unlawful imprisonment, coercion, reckless endangerment, menacing, possession of a weapon and torturing animals.

Prosecutors said Suarez also threatened with a sledgehammer the ex-girlfriend he allegedly raped August and December. He also allegedly shot a dog to death in her presence.

“He told her that if she told anyone, he would kill her too,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “We executed a search warrant and recovered the remains of the animal and two bullets.”

Southampton Town Police Department issued a warrant for his arrest on Oct. 9. U.S. Marshals apprehended him 10 days later in the Poconos.

Judge Barbara Kahn set bail for him at $500,000 cash or $1 million bond. He is due back in court Nov. 19.

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