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Crimes Nearby: Man Arrested for Beating Ex-GF, BB Gun Fired at School

A round-up of the top crime stories of the week from neighboring communities.

The following information was supplied by the Nassau County Police Department, Rockville Centre Police Department and Garden City Police Department. A criminal charge is only an accusation, and does not indicate guilt.

Cops: Man Beat and Threatened Former Girlfriend with Hammer

A Queens man was arrested Monday in Franklin Square for robbery, assault and unlawful imprisonment after he allegedly beat his former girlfriend, threatened her with a hammer and stole her BMW.

According to Nassau County Police detectives, Quandell A. Cooper, 24, met his 24-year-old ex-girlfriend on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on Dutch Broadway in Elmont. Cooper allegedly forced the victim to drive him to Roosevelt Field Mall in East Garden City in her 2006 BMW, then to Queens and back to the mall. Throughout the course of the drive, police say Cooper punched the victim and threatened her with a hammer. She suffered minor injuries to her neck and shoulder.

When they arrived back at Roosevelt Field, the victim was able to escape from the Cooper, and returned to her Franklin Square home, where she notified the police. Officers conducted a search for Cooper, but were unable to locate him, but installed a CAPER alarm in the victim’s home for her safety, report police.

Cooper arrived at the victim's home on Monday at 12:45 a.m. and began to pound on the door in an attempt to gain access, according to detectives. The victim activated the CAPER alarm, notifying the police, and Fourth Precinct officers responded to the home. The officers were able to locate Cooper nearby and placed him under arrest. The victim’s vehicle was also recovered at this time. 

Cooper is charged with second-degree Robbery, second-degree Assault, and Unlawful Imprisonment. He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Nursery School Windows Damaged by BB Pellets

Garden City Village Police report that on Feb. 11, two windows to the Garden City Community Church Nursery School were found damaged by BB pellets.

Between Jan. 28 and Feb. 3, five people reported that an unknown person broke into their car and stole valuable items from inside while parked in Rockville Centre. A sixth victim reported that her car had been stolen from an RVC parking lot during this time.

A Lynbrook resident reported that on Jan. 28 at 9 p.m., the passenger side window his 2011 Honda was damaged while parked in front of 36 Merrick Rd. in Rockville Centre between 8 and 9 p.m. A backpack containing a stethoscope valued at $95 and assorted checks were stolen.

Less than 30 minutes later, another complainant from Springfield Gardens reported that an unknown person(s) damaged the passenger side window of his 2005 GMC motor vehicle while parked in front of 60 Merrick Rd. in Rockville Centre between 8 and 9:20 p.m. The perpetrator stole an iPad valued at $840.

That same night, a Williston Park resident also had his iPad, which was valued at $400, stolen along with two external hard drives valued at $200 from his 2011 Ford motor vehicle while it was parked in Municipal Parking Field No. 8 in Rockville Centre around 8:30 p.m. The complainant reported the incident on Jan. 30.

On Jan. 29 at 3:35 p.m., a Rockville Centre resident reported that unknown person(s) damaged the driver side door of his 2013 Dodge motor vehicle while parked in Municipal Parking Field No. 8 between 8:30p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and stole an iPad valued at $600 and an Avesos computer valued at $1,200.

Then, on Feb. 3 at 6:25 p.m., a Woodmere resident reported an unknown person broke the window of his vehicle while it was parked in Rockville Centre and stole his GPS device and wallet containing credit cards 

An Oceanside woman also reported on Jan. 31 at 11:54 p.m., that sometime between 8 and 11:45 p.m., an unknown person(s) stole her 2003 Audi while it was parked in Municipal Parking Field No. 4 in Rockville Centre.

Baseball Cards, Prescription Drugs Stolen from RVC Home

A valuable baseball card collection and prescription medication were stolen from a Rockville Centre home on Jan. 31.

A resident reported to Rockville Centre Police on Feb. 1 that sometime between 1 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Jan. 31, an unknown person(s) broke into her Meehan Lane home and removed baseball cards valued at $2,700 and prescription medications from a safe located beneath her bed.

Garden City Police Arrest 3 for Selling Ecstasy, Cocaine

As a result of ongoing investigations, Garden City detectives arrested two men and one woman on Feb. 7 for selling and possessing ecstasy and crack cocaine.

Police arrested a 22-year-old Uniondale man at a Garden City location for felony sale and felony possession of ecstasy. In addition, a 38-year-old Westbury man and a 26-year-old Freeport woman were arrested for felony sale and felony possession of crack cocaine.

For the latest crime reports for Lynbrook, West Hempstead and Malverne click here.

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