Cops: Another charge for man accused of robbery spree
A man already charged and held in connection with a series of armed street robberies last summer in Valley Stream has been arrested and charged with another incident that took place back then, Nassau County police said Wednesday.
Damon Jones, 22, of 19 Everett St., Valley Stream, surrendered to the Nassau police Robbery Squad Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. He was charged with one count of first-degree robbery, police said, and faces arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.
According to court records, Jones already was being held in Nassau County Jail on $5,000 bond or $2,500 cash bail in connection with the crimes, which took place on July 5.
Jones had been arrested after surrendering to detectives on Aug. 26, and was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree robbery and one count of first-degree criminal use of a firearm. Court records indicate the case has been adjourned multiple times and that Jones is next scheduled to appear June 12.
It was not immediately clear what led to the new charges.
Police said that Jones and an accomplice, Michael Davidson, then 19, of 15 Oliver Ave., North Valley Stream, were involved in a series of street robberies on the night of July 5.
In the first incident, police said that, just after 11:15 p.m., Davidson and Jones approached an 18-year-old man and 18-year-old woman on the street along Sunset Road in Valley Stream, took the man's cellphone at gunpoint, then fled in a white Suzuki SUV.
About a half-hour later, police said, the two approached two other victims, this time on Fenwood Drive near Waverly Place, and tried to rob them -- only to have the victims flee.
Moments later, though, police said the two robbed a 22-year-old, stealing his phone. Just before midnight, police said a Fourth Precinct patrol sergeant "interrupted Davidson" and his accomplice, now identified as Jones, in the midst of a robbery near the corner of Merrick Road and North Waldinger Avenue. The two men fled, Davidson seen ditching a gun as he ran off, police said.
However, police later arrested Davison after a struggle near the intersection of North Montgomery Street and Martense Avenue. Officers then found the gun, a .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol, police said.
Police said a sergeant suffered a right knee injury while helping make the arrest, while an officer suffered a broken finger. Both were treated at a hospital and released.
Police said that Jones was arrested after he surrendered to Robbery Squad detectives on Aug. 26. He was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree robbery and first-degree criminal use of a firearm.