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Crimes Nearby: Alleged Pedophile Arrested, Man Beats and Robs Cab Driver

A rundown of arrests and incidents that occurred in the past week in areas surrounding Malverne and West Hempstead.

The following information was supplied by the Nassau County and Rockville Centre police departments and the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. A criminal charge is only an accusation, and does not indicate convictions.

Teen Choked Man at High School, Police Say

A Valley Stream teen was arrested on Friday after he allegedly knocked down and choked a 50-year-old man who asked him to turn off the music playing on his phone, according to police.

At 8:45 a.m., Umair Hameed, 17, was in the hallway of Elmont Memorial High School playing music out loud on his cell phone, police said. The male victim instructed Hameed to turn off the music, but he refused.

After the victim took the phone from Hameed’s hand, the teen allegedly knock him to the floor and choked him. Hameed then released the victim from the alleged chokehold and continued to his class.

The police were called and Hameed was placed under arrest without incident. The victim refused medical attention at the scene.

Hameed is charged with second-degree assault and strangulation.

A Rockville Centre man was arrested last Monday for allegedly driving with 30 driver's license suspensions.

According to New York State Police, around 10:15 a.m., troopers stopped a black Mitsubishi Galant for not having brake lights eastbound on Hempstead Turnpike west of the Meadowbrook State Parkway in Hempstead.

A license check of the vehicle's operator, James Merriweather, 55, revealed that he had 30 license suspensions, police said.

Police Search for Shoplifting Suspects

Crime Stoppers and the Nassau County Police Department are seeking the public’s help in finding women wanted in connection with shoplifting multiple items at Green Acres Mall in February.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, at about 11:10 a.m., the unknown female subjects (see attached) were observed inside Bath and Body Works at 2034 Green Acres Mall. The subjects stole assorted merchandise from the store and passed all point of purchase without making payment. The subjects fled the scene in an unknown direction.  

Crime Stoppers is asking anyone who can identify these subject(s) or with any information about this crime to call their toll-free hotline at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477).

A 59-year-old Valley Stream man was arrested on charges that he arranged to meet a 6-year-old child in order to take pornographic photos of her, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. 

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli announced the arrest last Monday following an investigation in which Allan Davis, of Valley Stream, used the internet to make arrangements with a person he believed to be the mother of a 6-year-old female to take nude photographs of the child.

Davis, who was arrested without incident on March 23, was charged with attempt to endanger the welfare of a child and attempt to manufacture child pornography.

Davis is a registered sex offender in his home state of New York for a 1999 arrest in which he traveled from Maryland to Florida for the purpose of having sexual relations with an individual he believed to be a 14-year-old female, according to the prosecutor's office. Davis was also charged with possession of child pornography at that time. 

A Cedarhurst man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly beating and robbing a cabbie in January, according to police.

At 3:23 a.m. on Jan. 26, Anthony Colonna, 22, of Cedarhurst, called New York Taxi for a pick up at Leroy Avenue, police said. He then allegedly reached over from the back of the cab and attempted to take the car keys from the ignition.

Collona allegedy then began punching the victim in the face, and continued to do so even after the victim exited the cab and was on the ground, according to police. The defendant allegedly took the victim’s wallet containing cash from his pocket and a GPS unit from the taxi and fled the scene on foot. 

The victim, who sustained contusions and lacerations to the face, was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

The victim was able to identify Collona after viewing a photo array.

On Tuesday, Freeport police officers located the defendant on West Merrick Road in Freeport and placed him under arrest. 

Colonna is charged with second-degree robbery, two counts of petit larceny, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, disorderly conduct and violation conditional discharge stemming from previous open warrants. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Police: $30K Worth of Equipment Stolen From T-Mobile

Three men made away with more than $30,000 worth of communications equipment and additional cash after robbing the T-Mobile in Lynbrook Friday afternoon.

According to Nassau County detectives, around 3 p.m., three black male suspects entered the T-Mobile store located at 675 Sunrise Highway and announced a robbery. One of the suspects also produced a handgun.

The suspects took an unknown amount of cash and in excess of $30,000 in communications equipment, police said.

According to police, there was one employee present at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported.

The suspects were described to be wearing dark-colored hooded sweatshirts.

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Mark April 03, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I dont think the the 50 year old man should had grab the teens phone? He had no right doing that. Who was the man? A teacher? Custodian? What should had been done was security be called. Let security take the phone and then if the kid had pulled the same stunt, then taken into custody by school security and then police. These school teachers need to think? You are looking for injuries if you snatch a device out of a teens hands who is inmature and makes stupid decisions.

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