Cops: Robbery suspects beat man with hammer

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Three Suffolk County men are charged with the violent robbery of a 22-year-old Elmont man that ended with the defendants dragging him into a creek on Friday night, police said.

The victim was standing on Bell Street in the vicinity of Bishop Place in Elmont smoking a cigarette when, Nassau County detectives said, he was approached by a 2002 Infiniti occupied by Brandon Dietrich, 24, of 43 Plymouth Blvd., Smithtown; Brian Nenos, 25, of 19 Weston Lane, Smithtown; and Eric Broecker, 24, of 70 Longfellow Dr., Kings Park.

Police said defendants Dietrich and Broecker exited the vehicle, punched and kicked the victim and then struck him with a hammer numerous times about the body. After removing the victim's iPhone, watch, car keys and money, the defendants dragged him on the ground and threw him into a creek on Bell Street, police said.

The defendants got back into their vehicle and fled the scene, police said. The victim returned to his home on Bishop Place and notified police.

Fourth Precinct police officers responded to the scene and conducted an extensive search. The suspects and vehicle were stopped at Meacham and Sweetman avenues in Elmont, and police said, the three men were arrested about 10:35 p.m.

The victim, whose name was not reported, was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The proceeds and hammer were recovered in the vehicle, police said.

The defendants were charged with first-degree robbery, a felony. An arraignment was scheduled for Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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