Man Arrested for Threatening Town Employee

Robert Murphy was arrested and charged with a class D felony after he allegedly yelled at an employee at town hall.

Suffolk County Police on Saturday arrested a man for making threats over a parking ticket.

According to police, Robert Murphy was at Huntington Town Hall on Main Street on Wednesday when he yelled at and threatened a female town employee.

Following an investigation, a .45-cal. rifle was removed from his home on Hazard Avenue in Huntington Station. Murphy, 55, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for evaluation and released.

Upon release, Second Squad detectives charged Murphy with making a terroristic threat, a class D felony. He will be held overnight at the Second Precinct and is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on Sunday.

Pat Kelly February 03, 2013 at 03:50 PM
I have to agree with you, if the facts are correct.
Jason Molinet February 03, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Police released his mugshot.
FYI February 03, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Unfortunately, waiting for a followup from Patch on any article is a waste of time. Better chance waiting for Obama to solve the unemployment problem.
John Gruber February 03, 2013 at 04:27 PM
To bad Obama hasn't done anything regarding gun las yet
George W February 03, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Newsday has more details, and if their information is correct, I'd call this a good arrest. Free speech is important, and becoming endangered, but it doesn't include the right to threaten to kill people.
John Gruber February 03, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Well you wouldn't have known he was a gun owner until you called the police so it's irrelevant
John Gruber February 03, 2013 at 04:29 PM
They probably gave him those "terrorism" charges so they could get a bigger fine out of him.
George W February 03, 2013 at 04:47 PM
What's irrelevant - whether he threatened to use a gun, or how they knew he had a gun? I was trying to understand how the gun issue came up, because the Patch article didn't say. Comments by others show that they didn't know about a gun being a part of this. Since then, I found on Newsday that he threatened to use a gun. The cops probably didn't know he had one until they went into his house.
* February 03, 2013 at 05:39 PM
The guy also lives on "Hazzard Avenue" in Huntington and John Gruber if your family member was killed you would be the first posting for "JUSTICE!"
Urban February 03, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Thank's George. Newsday does say he "threatened to return to kill himself and others." Getting that angry because of a ticket issued for parking in a handicapped space is not normal behavior. Gun owner or not, if I hear someone threaten to kill themself or others, I call 911.
Allie's Grandpa February 03, 2013 at 07:19 PM
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/parking-ticket-spat-ends-in-threat-arrest-1.4552339 Parking-ticket spat ends in 'threat' arrest Originally published: February 2, 2013 3:41 PM Updated: February 3, 2013 1:27 AM By MATTHEW CHAYES matthew.chayes@newsday.com A disabled man bickering at Huntington Town Hall over a handicapped-parking ticket threatened to return to kill himself and others, Suffolk County police said in announcing his arrest Saturday. The man, Robert Murphy, 55, is to be arraigned Sunday on a felony charge of making a terroristic threat in Wednesday's incident, police said. Murphy allegedly vowed to "Come back, kill some people,...
Sullivan February 04, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Here's more details. The police illegally searched the home of the parents of the defendant without a search warrant or permission from the homeowners on two occasions, jan 31st and feb 2nd regarding this case. The defendant does not even reside at the parents residence. The police questioned the father and asked if the son resided there and he explained that he doesn't and that he has a mental history and no history of violence. The police then asked the father if he (the father) owns any firearms which he replied yes. He legally owns a rifle. The police then asked the father to surrender his firearm on a voluntary basis for "safekeeping" not evidence for which he complied. The police then charged the defendant who should not have been releases from stony brook with "threats of terrorism" . The police confiscated the rifle deceptively from the father to use it as an instrument in the case to build a bigger charge against the defendant who had never even seen the rifle nor had knowledge the father owned it. They are painting a man with a mental history as a terrorist who should be getting treatment and not a trumped up charge of terrorism. The facts of this case will come to light as time goes on, SCPD needs to , and will be held accountable in the case as well as Det/Sgt Sullivan 2nd pct who released false information to the press regarding this case.
Pam Robinson (Editor) February 04, 2013 at 01:37 PM
FYI, this is what New York State law says: § 490.20 Making a terroristic threat. 1. A person is guilty of making a terroristic threat when with intent to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, influence the policy of a unit of government by intimidation or coercion, or affect the conduct of a unit of government by murder, assassination or kidnapping, he or she threatens to commit or cause to be committed a specified offense and thereby causes a reasonable expectation or fear of the imminent commission of such offense. 2. It shall be no defense to a prosecution pursuant to this section that the defendant did not have the intent or capability of committing the specified offense or that the threat was not made to a person who was a subject thereof. Making a terroristic threat is a class D felony.
knee jerk February 04, 2013 at 01:43 PM
The people "in charge" (judges, lawyers, elected officials etc,etc) were the nerds in high school.Now it's their turn to harrass others and "get even".All of these ridiculous laws are "THE REVENGE OF THE NERDS". They are now "large and in charge".
knee jerk February 04, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Those kind of crazy's usually don't come back with guns. The ones you have to watch are those making threats at 3:30am outside a bar they have just been thrown out of.
knee jerk February 04, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Could you imagine the charges they could have come up with had this been a SPEEDING ticket? Nothing less than life in prison would do!
Jessie February 04, 2013 at 03:53 PM
I was an Ordiance Inspector in Huntington. The town didn't care crap about employees. They only care about how things look. In fact, they made us walking targets dressing us up like cops when we didn't have a weapon. They forbid us from putting anything in writing for the people we investigated for ordiance violations, which was a big joke to begin with. Some cases were "made to go away". Others fell short of harassment. Considering that only the people with political juice get away with things in that town, I'm not surprised by the ire of its taxpayers. I couldn't believe the nepotism, the waste, & the overall corruption of that town. I did what I could to help citizens navigate the system, but when you have bosses who suck sausage to get to their position, it's pretty hard to maintain your balance between doing your job morally, & doing it how you're told to. When I was forced to leave from health problems their stress from nit-picking exacerbated in me, & filed for Worker's Compensation, I found myself screwed just like the public. I'm sure some of my former co-workers will post here as well. I don't have respect for some of them. They're just marking time to their fat pensions.
Goin' Commando February 04, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Ok, this turkey even gives clowns a bad name. I'd say there are more than just a few cards missing from his deck.
Allie's Grandpa February 05, 2013 at 05:48 AM
Here's some terrific follow-up by NewsLI.com that seems to confirm the Newsday reports; all web-based media, including Patch, should do follow-up journalism on stories that break. http://www.newsli.com/2013/02/05/man-arrested-for-threatening-lives-of-huntington-town-hall-employees/
FYI February 05, 2013 at 05:00 PM
PATCH refuses to do follow-up stories. I've written them numerous times and still have no response as to why they push a headline story and then fail to do the followup. Examples would be the couple accused of animal cruelty when their greyhound ran away during a storm or the man who was riding a moped on Larkfield Rd. while being pursued by SCPD. He ultimately had a collision, was arrested and charged with? There appeared to be witnesses that siad p.d. were involved with causing the collision. But follow-up? Nah, don't hold your breath. After checking the link you provided to newsli.com, I think it may be a better source for news information than Patch. http://www.newsli.com
knee jerk February 05, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Again, it is The REVENGE of THE NERDS. You shouldn't have picked on them in high school. Now they hold positions of authority and are just " getting even".
knee jerk February 05, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Pam: So if you blurt out (to no one in particular) "I'd like to kill someone, maybe even myself", you are a terrorist according to New York State law 490.20. The fact that you had no intent ,no intended target nor capability (like no weapon) is not a defense, according to 490.20. Pretty vague, but to be expected when the nerds are in charge.It seems this law is a blanket to throw over anyone at anytime for anything. A better end to this story might have been that the disabled man had been detained for medical evaluation.
Sullivan February 07, 2013 at 05:28 AM
All the officers involved in this case directly or indirectly will be the subject of an Internal Investigation as well an investigation from outside agencies. The real story here is the corruption by the police in this case. The police are not going to escape this one unscaved. The Arresting officer in this case is Det. Niemir Suffolk County 2nd pct squad. She and all the uniformed officers involved in this case need to, and will most definitely be held accountable for 1) Official Misconduct 2) Illegal search and seizure 3) Coercion 4) Falsifying a police report.
John Gruber February 07, 2013 at 03:05 PM
That comment was towards urban. He said if a gun owner threatened him he would call the cops but in this case he would not have known this was a gun owner until after he called the cops
George W February 07, 2013 at 04:36 PM
I misunderstood. Newsday lets you reply to the comments within an original posting, where Patch seems to only let you reply to the original posting.
Jim February 07, 2013 at 04:52 PM
This is a joke, right? This nutcase goes to town hall to argue over a ticket, yells and screams leaving and while on the way to his car, threatens to come back and shoot not only town employees, but himself. That is MOST DEFINITELY a reason to be arrested. But not only that, since he threatened to shoot, it's a case to search and find/seize any weapons he may have.
Goin' Commando February 07, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Me thinks that Sullivan is a bit oxygen-deprived; it could explain the hallucinatory analysis he/she has provided. Guv'mint = BAD Crazy people = GOOD
Allie's Grandpa February 07, 2013 at 05:09 PM
You know, Nprtr, you sound like someone who doesn't know which end is up, and which is down. Seriously, pal, cut out the Obama-bashing horse**** and stick to the topic. The subsequent news reports now make it clear just what a sicko this guy was, and his arrest was fortu ate for the safety of public employees, and his neighbors, and himself too. That's the topic.
FYI February 10, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Aw, Allie's grandpa... You missed the point. Patch doesn't DO followups to their stories, instead leaving them without necessary facts to accurately understand what happened. I was simply stating that if you need facts from Patch, don't hold your breath. If you got your shorts twisted about the Obama comment, so be it. It was an "analogy".
John Doe March 07, 2013 at 09:07 PM
So now if you make a statement and someone percieves at as a threat, the cops can search and take your fire arms from your house? Yea my jerk niegbor threatened to kill me GO TOSS HIS HOUSE He Might have a GUN or a piece of pizza shaped like one, both are illegal acourding to our schools!!! More democratice retoric... 5 guys invade your house and you think 5 bullets will work, lol good luck...


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