Cops: Man who matched homicide suspect's description arrested

Fritz D. Guirand, 25, of Hempstead, has been Fritz D. Guirand, 25, of Hempstead, has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana, police said. (July 9, 2013) Photo Credit: NCPD

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A man who matched the description of a homicide suspect ran from officers Tuesday in Uniondale before being arrested and charged with drug and weapon possession, Nassau County police said.

Fritz D. Guirand, 25, of 27 Beverly Rd., Hempstead, was arrested at 4:38 p.m. inside the Abreu Deli on Front Street, police said.

Police said Thursday Guirand matched the description of a man wanted in an unspecified homicide, but police spokesman Insp. Kenneth Lack later said Guirand turned out not to be the man wanted in that case.

He was arraigned Tuesday on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

He was ordered held on $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash bail and is due back Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Police said First Precinct officers on patrol spotted Guirand outside the deli, and he ran when the officers approached him to ask him about "a prior crime."

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But, police said, officers followed Guirand into the deli, where a subsequent search found he was in possession of a loaded .357-caliber Ruger pistol, as well as a bag of cocaine and a bag of marijuana. He was arrested without incident, police said.

With Ellen Yan

and Gary Dymski

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