Cops: 2 arrested in drug-deal shooting, manhunt
The two men arrested in a Central Islip drug deal that escalated into a shooting and car crash were from Pennsylvania and Queens, Suffolk police said in releasing their names Thursday.
Guillermo Quinones, 24, of Hazelton, Pa., and Rene Barahona, 25, of Arverne, were charged with first-degree robbery after being caught Wednesday during an intense manhunt that disrupted Long Island Rail Road service and forced Central Islip schools to go into lockdown, authorities said.
Details on Quinones' arraignment were not available Thursday. Barahona was not expected to be arraigned because he was hospitalized with injuries from the car crash, authorities said.
Police were still looking for at least one other person involved in the wild scene that unfolded about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
It started when two groups of people met at Prospect Street and Ridge Avenue for a prearranged drug sale, detectives said.
Those who were attempting to buy the drugs showed a weapon and stole marijuana from the sellers, police said.
The robbers then fled in an Acura MDX and were chased by the sellers, in a Volvo S60, police said. The two men who were arrested were in the Acura.
The brief chase ended when the robbers crashed into a brick wall at Suffolk Avenue and Allyn Drive, detectives said.
After the crash, an occupant of the Acura fired shots at the occupants of the Volvo, police said, but no one was struck.
Barahona was also charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Police Thursday did not say how many other suspects were involved.Shortly after the crash and shooting, police launched a air, ground and canine manhunt that extended to the train tracks in Brentwood.
Third Precinct detectives had been questioning those involved, including the sellers, talking to witnesses and listening to 911 calls to piece together what happened.