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Crimes Nearby: RVC Teens 'Innocent' of Gang Assault, Garden City Burglaries

A rundown of the top crime stories in communities neighboring Malverne, West Hempstead and Lynbrook.

The following information was supplied by the Nassau County and Garden City Police Departments. Where an arrest is mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

The three Rockville Centre teens who allegedly  on Roxen Road in June recently appeared in Nassau County District Court, and their cases were adjourned until a later date, according to District Court officials.

, both 18, will be back in court on Aug. 14, while , 18, will appear on Sept. 25.

John R. Lewis, Jr., the attorney for Matt DiPerna, recently spoke with Patch to  give his client's side of the story.

"I believe these boys will be vindicated at the end of the day," Lewis said. "The real question is, this is an accusation. We don't punish people or run families out of town based on accusations."

Lewis was responding to  left on an RVC Patch article thread, where anonymous posters suggested punishments for the alleged attackers and their families.

"It is my contention that the alleged victim was not looking for an apology, but started the physical altercation," he said.

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Two Hempstead man were arrested last week for allegedly burglarizing and attempting to burglarize multiple homes in Garden City in June and July.

Based on evidence discovered and collected at past Garden City burglary locations, Garden City and Nassau County detectives were able to identify two suspects they say were responsible for some of the burglaries. Working with Hempstead Police, they arrested Jaime A. Nunez, 29, on Terrace Avenue in Hempstead on July 31, and Pedro Alcantara-Medina, 19, on Aug. 1 on High Street.

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Nunez was charged with marijuana possession and three counts of burglary in the second degree and attempted burglary. He is accused of allegedly stealing cash, silverware and jewelry from a , and breaking into or attempting to unlawfully enter homes on , , and 

Medina was charged with three counts of second-degree attempted burglary and two counts of second-degree burglary for the two burglaries on Meadow Street and Stewart Avenue that Nunez was also charged with, breaking into a Garden Street home and stealing an electrical box and wires from a .

Both men were arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead. 

Woman Attacked, Robbed Outside of Valley Stream Apartment

Two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, attacked a woman last Saturday as she walking to her car outside her Valley Stream apartment and stole her purse, according to police.

At about 7 a.m. on July 28, the 26-year-old victim was exiting her Rockaway Avenue apartment when the two perpetrators approached her, police said. After demanding her pocketbook, the victim struggled with the subjects. One of the men grabbed her by the throat and held her from behind.

After dropping her bag, the subjects grabbed it and fled southbound on Rockaway Avenue, police said. The victim was uninjured.

The first subject is described as black, 30 years old, 6 foot 1 inches with a dark complexion, muscular build and a large nose. He was wearing a brown hoodie and a white cloth band that covered his mouth and chin.

The second subject is described as black, 5 foot 7 inches with a muscular build. He had a completely masked face and was wearing white gloves.

Detectives request that anyone with information regarding this robbery should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

he mother and sister of , the Inwood shop owner who allegedly drugged and raped one of his employees then tried to hire a hit man to kill him, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to their alleged roles in the murder-for-hire plot.

 also both agreed to orders of protection that bar them from contacting the victim. Both were released on their own recognizance.

Mary Miller, a secretary at , is accused of stealing the 17-year-old victim’s school file, according to prosecutors. She intended to give them to a private investigator that was gathering information on the victim to help Daniel Miller’s case. It’s unclear whether she knew about the murder-for-hire plot, prosecutors said.

Ann Miller allegedly handed over the file to someone with the hope of discrediting or deterring the teen from testifying.

Daniel Miller has pleaded not guilty to the sex abuse charges and hiring a would-be hit man for $15,000 to kill his alleged victim.

Teens Robbed Near Elmont School

Two 14-year-old boys were robbed Sunday evening, around 6:20 p.m., by two black men on bicycles as they were leaving the Dutch Broadway Elementary School yard.  One of the victims was on a bike also and the other was walking when they were approached by the suspects, who blocked the victims' path, patted down their pockets, and demanded the bike and knapsack one of themwas carrying. When the boy wouldn’t comply, one suspect threatened the victim by pointing a pocket knife at him while the other suspect punched him in the eye.  The suspects then grabbed the knapsack, containing an Apple iPhone, cash and personal papers, and fled on their bicycles in an unknown direction.

One victim suffered swelling and pain to the eye and refused medical transport.  No other injuries were reported.

Subject #1 was wearing a white T-shirt, red sweatpants and had a dark complexion.  Subject #2 was wearing no shirt, blue cargo shorts and had a lighter complexion.  No further description is available.Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous. 

Skimmer Found on Astoria Federal Savings Bank ATM

A Queens woman was arrested on Aug. 1 for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument after detectives say she was observed removing an electronic skimming device from an ATM machined located at the Astoria Federal Savings Bank (955 Hempstead Tpke.) in Franklin Square.

When Florin Ilea, 34, of Ridgewood, Queens was arrested, Nassau County Police say she was found to be in possession of two American Express gift cards that had been fraudulently encoded with account information stolen from Bank of America.

Florin is being charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the second degree and Unlawful Possession of a Skimmer Device in the second degree and was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead. 

Intoxicated Adults Arrested for Endangering Kids

Nassau County Police stopped a black Dodge vehicle in Hempstead on July 31 and arrested three adults, who they found to be intoxicated and unable to properly care for the two children who were also inside the car at the time.

Cops say they observed the Dodge in the vicinity of Hempstead Turnpike fail to signal a lane change and then was unable to maintain the traffic lane.  The officers conducted a Vehicle and Traffic Law stop to investigate.  Inside the vehicle were three adults and two minor children, ages 7 and 10. After observing the individuals' behaviors, they arrested was the driver, Darren A. James, 48, of the Bronx, for two counts of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated sub 2A(B), three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Driving While Ability Impaired Combined Influence, Driving While Ability Impaired Drugs  and six traffic violations.

Passenger Robert M. Ortega, 40, of New York City, was charged with five counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The rear passenger, Daily McCullum, 36, of the Bronx, is charged with three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, one count of Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. 

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Mickey Clark August 09, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Well who in hell beat the crap out of the Rockville Centre resident seeking an apology for his wife after she was accosted? The "Tooth Fairy"???? Someone should remind the learned attorney for the "Alleged "Punks" , that the evidentiary comments that he refers to was NOT just "accusations" but they were taken from official Police reports. We all know that "attorneys" are paid handsomely to bend the truth for their clients.... OJ Simpson is probably still paying off his original attorneys from the "Murder Charge" that he managed to escape from. But like OJ, providence usually finds a way to eventually catch up with people. It will be interesting to follow the future of those teenagers as they make their ways through life. Do I have any takers on where they will wind up? Just a thought.

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