A Baldwin woman was arrested Tuesday in connection with three Nassau robberies that took place over eight days this month, Nassau County police said.
Patricia A. Hernandez, 45, of 877 Willowbend Lane, was arrested on Voshage Street in Baldwin on one count of first-degree robbery and two counts of third-degree robbery, police said. No injuries were reported in any of the robberies, which occurred at a bank and two shoe stores.
Police said that on the evening of March 16, Hernandez, armed with a handgun, entered Payless ShoeSource at 107 Mill Rd. in Freeport and handed the cashier a yellow sticky note demanding money. Police said Hernandez fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, and was described by the cashier as short and in her mid-30s with tattooed eyebrows and straight hair in a ponytail.
Four days later in Oceanside, police said, Hernandez walked into Nine West Outlet at 3563 Long Beach Rd. and presented an employee with a note demanding cash. Police said Hernandez then left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, a handbag and a wallet. She got into the passenger side of a black car, possibly a Nissan, that fled in an unknown direction, police said. In that robbery, the suspect was described as about 5-foot-8, with a thin build and straight black hair in a ponytail.
In the third robbery, police said, Hernandez walked into a TD Bank at 2549 Hempstead Tpke. in East Meadow on the afternoon of March 23 and gave a teller a demand note. After getting an undetermined amount of cash, Hernandez fled, possibly in a dark-colored car, police said. The suspect was described then as being in her 40s with a slim build and 5-foot-4, to 5-foot-6. Police said she was wearing a gray scarf, dark sweater and dark jeans.
Late Tuesday night, a police spokesman could not say what led to the arrest and to the varied descriptions of the suspect.
Hernandez is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.