A 19-year-old man arrested Monday while carrying a large black BB gun and marijuana was later charged with three armed robberies in Roosevelt and Hempstead dating to late last month, police said.
Keith Q. Estrada, of 98 Park Ave., Roosevelt, was charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of criminal possession of a weapon and with unlawful possession of marijuana after his arrest on Nassau Road in Roosevelt at 4:43 p.m.
Nassau County police said the charges involve the robbery of a 74-year-old man in his car on East Roosevelt Avenue at 4:41 p.m. March 30, the robbery of a Metro PCS store on Nassau Road at 8:20 p.m. March 31 and the robbery of a 7-Eleven store on Fulton Avenue in Hempstead at 3:25 a.m. Thursday. In all three cases, police said, Estrada displayed "a large black handgun" now believed to be the BB gun.
Police did not say if officers were attempting to locate Estrada in connection with the robberies when he was arrested -- or if he was arrested after a routine stop on the street.
Police could not immediately say if they were still seeking an accomplice linked to the first robbery, on March 30.
In that first robbery, police said Estrada and another teen approached the car on mountain bikes before Estrada displayed "a dark handgun" and demanded cash. Both suspects fled after the victim handed over an unspecified amount of money, police said.
No one was injured.
In the second robbery, police said Estrada entered the Metro PCS store, displayed a gun, demanded money from the store owner, then fled with the proceeds. There was one additional employee in the store at the time, police said.
Again, no one was injured.
The third robbery, at the 7-Eleven, took place last Thursday. In that robbery, police said Estrada entered the store, displayed a large black handgun, demanded money from the 52-year-old male clerk -- and fled with the proceeds.
No one was injured.
Estrada faces arraignment on Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.