A visitor to a residential community was hospitalized and a security guard is facing an assault charge following an incident on Long Island, police said.
While working as a security guard at The Ranches at Mount Sinai, located at Route 25A, John Ruggiero, 50, denied entry to a 68-year-old man who was attempting to visit a friend on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at approximately 3 p.m., Suffolk County Police said.
The two men exchanged words before a physical altercation occurred in which the visitor sustained serious injuries, according to police.
The victim was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was listed in serious condition.
Ruggiero, of Port Jefferson Station, was treated and released from St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson for injuries sustained during the fight.
He was charged with second-degree assault and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, Aug. 15 at First District Court in Central Islip.
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