Police: 2 teens robbed cellphone in Inwood

Two teens have been arrested and charged as adults with an Inwood street robbery after strong-arming another teen and taking a cellphone, Nassau police said Sunday.

Joshua Mackay-Smith, 16, of Hewlett Bay Park and Oskar Puk, 16, of Inwood, second-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny charges stemming from the Saturday night incident, police said.

A 17-year-old boy was standing in front of his home on Church Street in Inwood about 7:45 p.m. when Mackay-Smith and Puk approached and demanded cash, police said. Mackay-Smith grabbed the phone from the victim's hand and both suspects fled, police said. The victim called police.


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Police said they recovered the phone when they arrested Mackay-Smith on Stanley Street. Puk was arrested walking on Stanley Street a short time later. Police also said Mackay-Smith and Puk had taken "proceeds" from a 19-year-old man's Washington Avenue residence earlier that night. The victim had invited them to spend the night, police said.

Mackay-Smith was in trouble with the law just a few days prior, according to police. He was arrested just after 6 a.m. on Tuesday by Nassau police after someone called 911 and reported a suspicious male looking in parked cars.

Police found Mackay-Smith hiding in nearby bushes. Police said the teen had two "large backpacks" and police recovered items they said were stolen from nearby vehicles. He also was in possession of 60 "blue pills" believed to be Xanax, police said.

Mackay-Smith was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, three counts of petty larceny and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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