Cops: Freeport man charged with robbery in car theft

Willis Swiney, 19, of Freeport was charged with

Willis Swiney, 19, of Freeport was charged with first degree robbery, second-degree robbery and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after Nassau police say he and four other suspects robbed a female acquaintance of her 2010 Kia Optima in February. (June 22, 2013) (Credit: NCPD)

A Freeport man has been charged with helping to rob a 19-year-old woman of her car while the two were parked in front of his home last February, Nassau police said.

Willis Swiney, 19, of Randall Avenue, was sitting in a 2010 Kia Optima shortly before 6 p.m. on Feb. 20 with the owner of the vehicle, a female acquaintance.

Police said Swiney made a phone call and four suspects then approached the car armed with handguns. One of the suspects pulled the woman from the car and they all joined Swiney in the vehicle before driving away, police said.


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Swiney was arrested at his home on Friday evening and found in possession of a loaded semi-automatic pistol.

He is charged with first degree robbery, second-degree robbery and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Swiney will be arraigned on Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Police are still searching for the four other suspects. The car has not been recovered.

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