Hempstead man accused of post-Sandy burglaries, rape held without bail
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A Hempstead man accused of taking advantage of the power outage after superstorm Sandy to break into three homes, terrorize residents and rape a woman in East Garden City was ordered held without bail Wednesday.
Artie Jackson, 46, pleaded not guilty before Judge John Kase to a 53-count indictment that included charges of predatory sexual assault, first-degree rape, attempted murder, assault, robbery, burglary, strangulation, sexual abuse and other charges.
Jackson is due back in court Jan. 22.
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His attorney, Michael Berger of the Nassau County Legal Aid Society, said he has not seen the evidence against his client. "He denies his involvement," Berger said. "We'll see what the evidence shows."
Prosecutors say Jackson broke into three homes, on Nov. 7, 8 and 11, robbing and brutalizing the residents while they were without power, and stealing their cars. At the time of Jackson's arrest, police said he might be linked to many as a dozen other burglaries, but he has not been charged with any others.
In the first case, Nov. 7, a Hempstead homeowner told police that a man entered his home and stole property from him at gunpoint, firing one shot while he was inside the house. Police said Jackson fled with the man's car, and later abandoned it.
In the second case, police said Jackson entered a home on Third Street in Garden City at about 11:30 p.m. as the homeowner came in from the backyard. Jackson shot two rounds from his gun into the ceiling, and ordered a 57-year-old man and two women, ages 47 and 22, into a basement, police said.
Again, he escaped in the family's car, later abandoned in Hempstead, police said.
In the third home invasion, Nov. 11, prosecutors said Jackson entered the East Garden City home of a woman, 50, about 10 p.m., and attacked her at knifepoint.
Jackson stole items from the woman's home and drove off in her car, court documents said.