Two men were indicted Monday on charges they stole electronics in Roosevelt during an armed home invasion in January.
Aurnree McBrown, 47, of Roosevelt, and Quincy Lewis, 30, of Bay Shore, were arraigned Monday on grand jury charges including three counts of robbery in the first degree, three counts of burglary in the first degree, second degree robbery, second degree burglary, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree -- all felonies -- as well as criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree -- both misdemeanors.
If convicted of the top charge, McBrown and Lewis face a maximum of 25 years in prison, according to the Nassau district attorney's office.DataLI crime stats
Acting Supreme Court Justice Teresa Corrigan ordered the $250,000 cash bail or bond be continued for McBrown, the district attorney's office said in a news release. Bail was continued for Lewis at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash, which he posted earlier this year. They are due back in court Oct. 16, the district attorney's office said.
"The defendants are alleged to have brazenly kicked open the victim's door, showed him a gun and knife and then stole his possessions," Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement. "The defendants managed to flee the scene, but thanks to the hard work of the Nassau County Police Department two of them have been captured."
McBrown, Lewis, and two accomplices kicked in the door of a Roosevelt home at 1:30 a.m. Jan. 12, Singas said in the news release. The pair, armed with a semiautomatic handgun and a knife, forced the victim to his bedroom and stole a PlayStation 4 video game system, an Apple iPad, a laptop computer, speakers and other items exceeding $1,700 in total value, she said. One of the men fired a gunshot while in the home, Singas said.
McBrown, Lewis and others fled in a 2003 Malibu and were spotted by Nassau police First Precinct Officers, said Singas. The defendants continued on Hausch Boulevard, and the occupants fled the vehicle after the car struck a curb, she said. McBrown was arrested on the grounds of Roosevelt High School after the crash and Lewis was arrested about two weeks later, on Jan. 25.
Assistant District Attorney Veronica Guariglia of the Major Offense Bureau is prosecuting the case. McBrown is represented by Michael Berger and Lewis is represented by Ronald Bekoff, according to the news release.
Bekoff declined to comment late Monday and Berger could not be reached for comment.