SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — A house painter remained held on $2 million bail Sunday after he was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman after breaking into a home in the Long Island resort village of Southampton, police said.
Marvin Saul Siciliano-Nunez, 20, of Hampton Bays was charged with burglary, sexual abuse, criminal sex act and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation in the Friday morning attack, Southampton Village Detective Sgt. Herman Lamison said in a release.
The crime was unusual in an area where tall shrubbery and fences prevent passing motorists from seeing much inside its multimillion dollar estates. Southampton is among a string of towns known as the Hamptons on the eastern tip of the largest island off the coast of the United States.
It's a summer playpen for the wealthy, famous and powerful and is in the midst of its busiest season until Labor Day.
The New York Post reported Sunday that Siciliano-Nunez told Southampton Village Court Judge Barbara Wilson on Saturday that his $2 million bail would prevent his release before trial.
"I could never pay that amount of money," the newspaper quoted him as saying. "I'd rather go to jail."
The newspaper quoted authorities as saying Siciliano-Nunez choked and sexually assaulted his victim before she escaped and ran outside as he chased her with a baseball bat.
Siciliano-Nunez' attorney, Carl Andrew Irace, called it "an unfortunate situation for everyone involved."
"There appear to be critical issues of facts that could make a huge difference in the outcome of this matter," Irace said. "My client intends to assert all of the relevant defenses in court."
Lamison, Southampton Village Police commanding officer of criminal investigations, said police believe Siciliano-Nunez stole jewelry, a cellphone and a skateboard from a pool house on the property before entering the main house and finding the woman asleep in a bedroom. He said the defendant threatened the woman with bodily harm if she did not comply with his demands.
Summoned by an emergency call Friday, police set up a perimeter and an officer spotted Siciliano-Nunez walking along a street about a tenth of a mile from the home where the attack occurred, Lamison said. When the officer approached, Siciliano-Nunez ran and was taken into custody after a chase that was joined by another officer, he said.
Police said Siciliano-Nunez was arrested on a felony gang assault charge in May and was believed to have ties to the MS-13 gang. Those charges are still pending.
The victim of the sexual assault was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for treatment, police said.