Crimes and Incidents Nearby: Bank Robberies, Teen Shot at Train Station

A rundown of top police stories in communities near Malverne and West Hempstead.

The following information was supplied by the Nassau County and Long Beach police departments. A criminal charge is only an accusation, and does not indicate convictions.

Two Lynbrook teens were arrested on a several charges early Sunday morning after they were involved in a car accident in East Rockaway.

According to detectives, a Fourth Precinct Nassau County police officer was traveling eastbound on Waverly Avenue when he was struck head on by a 2006 Toyota driven by defendant Vincent Rossi, 19, of Lynbrook.

Responding officers found Rossi had operated the vehicle under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Upon further investigation, two switch blade knives, a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, numerous red and white capsules believed to be steroids and a small glass injectable vial with an unknown liquid substance were found in the center console of the car.

The passenger, Dhobrinshky Gracia, 19, of Lynbrook, was also placed under arrest. Further investigation revealed that Rossi had in his possession a counterfeit Florida’s driver’s license and Gracia possessed two counterfeit Pennsylvania drivers’ licenses.

The injured officer was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

Franklin Square Banks Robbed

Nassau County Robbery Squad detectives are investigating a bank robbery that occurred on Friday in Franklin Square. 

According to police, a male subject entered the TD Bank branch located at 690 Hempstead Tpke. at 7:48 p.m., and handed a demand note to the teller.  The teller complied and the subject fled the scene on foot westbound on Hempstead Turnpike with an undisclosed amount of money.

Four employees and two patrons were in the bank at the time of the robbery, but no injuries were reported.

The subject is described as a male white, 30-35 years of age, 6’-6’1” tall, wearing sunglasses, a yellow baseball hat, a long sleeve black shirt, and blue jeans. No further description is available.

Another bank in Franklin Square, a branch of Roslyn Savings Bank, was robbed Thursday morning. 

According to detectives, a male subject entered the bank, which is located inside the Pathmark Store at 460 Franklin Avenue around 10:40 a.m. and presented a note, demanding money, to a teller. The subject left the bank with an unknown amount of U.S. Currency. He fled on foot southbound through the parking lot toward Franklin Avenue. At the time of the robbery there were two employees and two customers in the bank, but no injuries were reported.

The subject is described as a male white, 6’0” tall, heavy build, black sunglasses, wearing a grey sweater, and black baseball cap. 

Detectives ask anyone with information regarding these crimes to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.

Two Long Beach men were arrested Tuesday, May 22, after allegedly robbing a woman at knifepoint in Island Park.

According to Nassau County detectives, a 21-year-old woman walking home at about 11:55 p.m. on Long Beach Road onto the Arlington Walk Way. She was then approached by two men who both displayed knives and demanded that she hand over her pocketbook.

The two men, Rakim Cole, 20, and Kaic Santos, 18, both of Long Beach, allegedly took the pocketbook, which contained an undetermined amount of cash, and left the alleyway, police said.

A short time later, Nassau County Police and a MTA K-9 officer were able to apprehend and arrest both suspects, police said.

All proceeds were recovered, and there were no injuries reported.

A Long Beach boy shot and wounded a fellow teenager during an altercation involving four youths at the  and bus depot on Monday, May 21.

According to , Rodney Arnold, 17, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after he fought with three teen males and he fired a handgun, striking one teen in the chest at about 3:40 p.m. on May 21.

While an investigation is ongoing, it appears the altercation involved three teens fighting with Arnold, Cregeen said, and Arnold may have fired as many as three shots, possibly using a .22-caliber pistol. The gun has not been recovered.

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The Chase Bank in East Rockaway was robbed Monday, May 21, by two men armed with handguns.

According to Nassau County detectives, around 6 p.m., two black male suspects, both armed with handguns, entered the Chase Bank located at 111 Main St. in East Rockaway. The suspects confronted employees and demanded money.

After taking an undetermined amount of cash, the suspects fled in an unknown direction, police said.

Three employees were present at the time and no injuries were reported.

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