Man arrested after choking woman, police say
A verbal altercation between a man and a woman at the Budget Inn in Massapequa ended with the arrest of the man on Sunday -- after he choked the woman, then robbed her at gunpoint, police said.
Tyleek Bussie, 20, who Nassau County police said has no known address, was arrested when he returned to the motel at 9:25 a.m. He was charged with first-degree robbery, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal obstruction of breathing, police said.
He is scheduled for arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead.
Police said Bussie and the woman, identified only as "a 24-year-old female," became embroiled in the verbal altercation at the motel on Sunrise Highway, at which time police said Bussie took the woman's phone. The altercation escalated, police said, and Bussie then grabbed the woman "around the neck," choking her.
Police said Bussie then displayed a handgun, took cash and a second cellphone from the woman, and fled the scene.
He was arrested by Bureau of Special Operations officers when he returned to the motel.
Police said Bussie was in possession of a .22-caliber handgun when he was arrested.
The proceeds were recovered, police said.
Police said the woman suffered a minor injury, but did not require medical attention.
The nature of the dispute was not characterized.