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Baseball Coach Accused of Harassing Rival Coach, Commack Man

Police say a Huntington man stalked another coach after a dispute.

A Huntington man who manages a youth baseball team was arrested Friday on charges of reportedly harassing a Commack man coaching another team.

Suffolk County police said Robert Sanfilippo, 45, of 20 Timber Ridge Dr., stalked a rival coach’s family and sent threatening text messages to the competing coach.

Commack resident John Reardon told Newsday that he was the recipient of the text messages, which he said included photos of his son getting on the school bus and one which stated: "Maybe I'll pick him up at the bus stop for you next week."

Police gave this account: Sanfilippo, who manages the team Vengeance – a youth baseball squad of 10 and 11 year old boys – got into an altercation with another coach at a tournament in May. He later bought an untraceable phone and in August, sent several text messages with pictures, threatening to harm the victim, his son, and his wife.

"My wife was very scared," Reardon told Newsday. "She was always locking the door behind her."

Fourth Precinct Crime Section officers determined the phone belonged to Sanfilippo. He was arrested Friday during a game at Baseball Heaven, at 350 County Road 101, in Yaphank, at 5:15 p.m.

According to Newsday, the incident that caused the divide occurred at a baseball tournament when Sanfilippo accused Reardon of cheering too loudly, and the two continued to exchange words. The day before another tournament later in the summer, Reardon started receiving a threatening text message. 

Sanfilippo was arraigned on Saturday and reportedly charged with 19 counts of aggravated harassment and one count of stalking.

Click here to read the entire article on Newsday.

new guy September 25, 2012 at 04:12 PM
its just a game....its a crazy world we live in.
Troy Powell September 27, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Dont believe everything ya read and see...People are funny! Long Island cops will arrest you for blowing the wrong air at someone! None of you are in any position, nor no any facts...
Cire M September 30, 2012 at 07:19 PM
This says a Huntington man is stalking a Commack family yet gives the address of Sanfilippo, the stalker, to live in Commack. Please please try to get the facts first before publishing.
GLENN October 01, 2012 at 12:49 AM
BOTH of these coaches have a bad attitude !

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