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Three Charged After Inspection Results In Closure Of North Amityville Deli

Esau Grocery & Deli located at 577 Broadway in North Amityville.
Esau Grocery & Deli located at 577 Broadway in North Amityville. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

Three people are facing charges after a late-night inspection by the New York State Liquor Authority and other agencies resulted in the closure of a deli in North Amityville.

Suffolk County Police First Precinct Crime Section along with Community Support Unit, Gang Unit, Patrol officers, New York State Liquor Authority Investigators, Town of Babylon Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety, Town of Babylon Fire Marshall, Town of Babylon Building Inspector and the Town of Babylon Code Enforcement conducted the SLA Inspection at Esau Grocery & Deli located at 577 Broadway at 11:35 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

Three people were arrested during the inspection were:

  • Jorge Hernandez, 49, of Copiague, the owner of the deli, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of disorderly premise.
  • Devin Paul-Bettis, 24, of North Amityville, a security guard at the deli, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
  • Jose Esobar, 38, of Wyandanch, a patron, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

First Precinct Crime Section officers issued eight summonses for SLA violations to the owner. The owner surrendered the deli’s liquor license to the NYS Liquor Authority Investigators. The Town of Babylon Quality of Life Task Force issued 13 summonses for combined building, fire and code violations to the owner. As a result of the violations, the establishment was condemned and closed.  

The three men will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip at a later date.

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