Cops: 3 charged in Hempstead stickup
Three Hempstead men, two of them teens, were arrested and charged with multiple felonies early Sunday -- minutes after police said they robbed a man at gunpoint as he walked his girlfriend to her car.
The armed robbery took place on Main Street in Hempstead at about 3 a.m., Nassau County police said. Neither of the victims, identified by police only as a 19-year-old man and his girlfriend, were injured.
Arrested during a traffic stop not far from the scene were Bashirou Ba, 19, of 55 Azalia Ct.; Diquan Williams, 19, of 18 Lee St.; and Martin Francois, 20, of 100 Terrace Ave. Each was charged with first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree robbery and fourth-degree possession of a dangerous weapon.
Police said that the victims were walking to a car when the trio exited a black Dodge Charger and approached them. All three wore black masks, police said. One of the men had a handgun, according to police.
Police said the trio stole a Samsung cellphone, a gold chain and a Gucci belt, then returned to the car and fled north on Franklin Avenue, police said.
The victims called police.
A First Precinct officer soon spotted the car on Greenwich Street near Flint Avenue and, with Hempstead Village police providing backup, initiated a traffic stop. All three men were arrested at the scene, police said.
Police said the stolen items were recovered from the car.
The trio all face arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead, police said.