Police: Patchogue Man Leaves Children in Freezing Car to Shop

Luis Lucero Fajardo, 32, is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

A Patchogue man was arrested Monday evening after police say he left his two sons in a car while he went shopping. 

Police were called to the Patchogue Village parking lot at 32 W. Main Street around 5:40 p.m. after a report that two children were unattended in a vehicle. 

Fifth Precinct officer Dennis Stewart discovered a 5-month-old and a 5-year-old in the 1999 Mazda that unlocked and not running at the time, police said.  

Witnesses said the children had been in the vehicle for about 15 minutes before police arrived. It was about 25 degrees outside at the time. 

The boys' father, Luis Lucero Fajardo, 32, was arrested when he returned to the vehicle and charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, police said. 

Further investigation revealed that Lucero Fajardo did not possess a driver’s license and his vehicle was suspended from being on the road because it was not insured, police said. 

Lucero Fajardo will be held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Tuesday. 

Police said the Suffolk County Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Bureau would be notified of the incident. 

Rollo Tomasi February 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Oh...by the way...I consider myself an American first...with Italian and Slovakian blood in me....and I'm white.
Patchogue Snoop February 18, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Sooo Allison, now that I am part Hispanic you advance to even more lies about me. If he is not illegal, why is he here? Are you saying our Govt allowed this creep in....that is very scarey. You seem to forget that the creep you defend broke many laws while here in this country. Forget the kids in the car. That is ignorant. But driving without insurance and a license show disregard for MY society and its laws. Get the chip off your shoulder. Stop demeaning Hispanics who came here to join America and became part of our society, not just steal what they can get. The pols allowing this(DEMS) just to get votes, allowing 20 million plus to come here at will really does diminish the honest Hispanics who came here illegally. Doesn't it bother you that these criminals are now being lumped int he same group with all Hispanics...legal or not. Very sad indeed.
Patchogue Snoop February 18, 2014 at 10:50 AM
and to the hate crime whiners. I grew up in a mixed neighborhood in NYC. Had my arse beat by the blacks just because I am white. Honkey and all that. Hated because I was white. I survived and now see the world differently. For the most part minorities seem to have a huge chip on their shoulder. Why, they buy into the crap the pols and race carders tell them.....basically the white man is evil and the root cause of all your problems. Until this changes racism will be alive and well. Unfortunately, we have a President and Attorney General who is fanning the racist flames....
Archie Bunker February 18, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Snoop, did you forget to take your meds again today?
Allison Escoto February 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM
@Rollo, I have no idea if what you have experienced is gender bias or racism. It could very have been because, as I said in my previous post, we are not beyond racism or bias and it is doubtful we ever will be.
Patchogue Snoop February 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Sounds like you will need another alias. Aren't you the guy demanding I reveal my identity to all. Why is that Mr Chris, Chris K, Bloated Brain now Archie Bunker? Come on answer the question so we see what a hypocritical person you are. Are you special? No you are not.
C O February 18, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Every time you comment and refer to yourself as a Hispanic female you feed the fire. It does not give you any more credibility or make you an expert on the topic. If it does then please don't comment on articles like the one regarding the 3 male white perps that assaulted a man at the emporium. All the perps were white by the looks and we want all of them locked up as badly as the moron waste of oxygen in this article.
Patchogue Snoop February 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Man..... gender bias, hate crimes, racism. Get off that wagon now. It does you no good to go around with sh** stained glass labeling everyone as your enemy. Remember, everything that happens in your life is a direct result of YOUR actions. No one else is to blame. Yes, there are white racists as well as the much more common black and hispanic racists. They are not responsible for all the world's problems. I work in a middle to upper class 100% black neighborhood. These blacks are from the west indies. They all have accents, even some of the kids. They made it well here in America in ONE generation. Nice homes, cars, all the Dads at home with Mom. The family unit. Religious too. Across the road lies a housing project, generations of the same family, no way out. If we are such a racist society, if whites were into some kind of conspiracy to hurt blacks......how did these people do it? Just here for ten years or so and living the American dream...legally and contributing to the society that took them in so generously. Why is that Potus and the likes of subhumans like Sharpton. It doesn't fit with your race cards does it now. PS the answer is they are self reliant, hard working, honest family folk that I welcome with open arms.
Allison Escoto February 18, 2014 at 11:10 AM
I am done commenting on this article. For the record, I never claimed to be an expert on anything and for you to tell me that I am fanning flames is egregious, particularly considering all of the other comments on this article thread. Enjoy your day.
Rollo Tomasi February 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM
P S...no I am not who you mentioned...yes I have made a change in name posts...only to have some sort of separation/protection because with the mistake of having my name exposed...did not feel safe...I do feel strongly about this country and its laws...terrorism comes in all forms...violence. ..economics...technology... @ Ms.Escoto...when you say "we" are not beyond racism...do you mean as a nation...or as far as the Hispanic race.
Patchogue Snoop February 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Allison's done. Ending in an insult as she is defending the indefensible. Buen Dia Allison.
Rollo Tomasi February 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM
She said she was done commenting...ummm...but is she gone...don't bet on it.
11779 February 18, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Hahaha get em boys so happy this went the way it did made work go by so much faster. ..
Marianne R. February 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM
A MAN, regardless of race or citizenship, LEFT HIS KIDS IN THE CAR. That is the crime. Please keep ignorance and racism out of it. As usual, with any comment thread, this has gotten way off the point. Yes, @11779, continue to "get em boys" with your ignorance and racism because that is what the world needs more of.
Archie Bunker February 18, 2014 at 01:18 PM
well Patchogue certainly doesn't need anymore illegals.
11779 February 18, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Shut up...get a clue try nd read the whole blog
C O February 18, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Marianne... Don't tell me what to do. I'm an adult and I can discuss whatever I want. Don't jump in the end and assume people were being ignorant and racist. Thank you.
rhona gorman February 18, 2014 at 02:46 PM
im wondering where the mother was? taking an infant out in the cold, were the children returned to her?
Archie Bunker February 18, 2014 at 03:40 PM
Let me guess, North Carolina plates?
C O February 18, 2014 at 03:42 PM
Archie Bunker February 18, 2014 at 03:42 PM
No license, no insurance... I bet he has a valid EBT card
Archie Bunker February 18, 2014 at 03:49 PM
unlicensed, uninsured, unregistered, undocumented and unfit for parenting
Archie Bunker February 18, 2014 at 04:49 PM
I'm curious, did the police have to press 1 before questioning him?
Archie Bunker February 18, 2014 at 04:52 PM
Gee...I hope he gets out of jail by spring. My yard ain't gonna clean itself!
ItsNotMeItsYou February 18, 2014 at 05:35 PM
I can't wait to see if this thread gets more posts than the Blue Point Brewery thread!
FUDB February 20, 2014 at 09:03 AM
@Archie Bunk, You post the same exact demeaning comments on the Newsday boards. Don't you have anything productive to do with your day but bash others? Give it a rest already.
Brookhaven999 February 20, 2014 at 01:01 PM
@CO: I don't know if this guy is illegal, or not, but to your point: It isn't bleeding-heart liberals who want to give millions of undocumented aliens legal status; it's the US Chamber of Commerce and most Republicans who are idiotically anti-labor and want a sub-class of workers who are happy to work without workman's comp., unemployment insurance and overtime. I am on the left and I am absolutely opposed to any illegal immigration that gives a huge de facto advantage to those who can get across the Mexican border. We have enough ignorant, unskilled people of our own already, and nothing is being done to bring them into the 21st century. We don't need more of them from Latin America. But your Repub buddies all tell me "oh, no, we NEED them for our labor force." It's NOT a liberal/conservative issue.
C O February 20, 2014 at 02:15 PM
Another person misreading posts. I never said liberals want to give legal status to illegal immigrants. Bleeding heart liberals are always the Ones crying about the fair treatment if animals like this. This trash deserves a trip to prison with a nice beating along the way. May his trip be a long one...and if he is illegal may that trip be all the way back to the other side of the border. I'm done with this topic. It's been exhausted.
Patchogue Snoop February 21, 2014 at 08:31 AM
I did. Every last one of them including some repubicans....or should I say most repubicans......the race is on.....their political hack arses are on the line....country and taxpayer be damned........there are twenty million votes to be had......LETS GET EM!!!!!!! So sick it makes me sick. Our country is shot....has been since the magic man JFK started the ball rolling. FDR didn't help either.
Bill Morris March 08, 2014 at 08:09 AM
Wow! You would think this was the crime of the century based on all of this nonsense.


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