A man faces charges in three June armed robberies in Lake Ronkonkoma during which police said one of the victims was stabbed and another slashed with a knife.
Jed Stout, 23, was stopped by First Precinct patrol officers, who saw him "acting suspiciously" while walking along Sunrise Highway in Copiague at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the ensuing investigation linked Stout to the June robberies, police said Thursday.
He was charged with one count of first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree attempted robbery and two counts of second-degree assault, police said. He was arraigned Thursday in First District Court in Central Islip, and bail was set at $225,000 bond or $75,000 cash. Stout was represented by Legal Aid, which does not comment on cases.
Police said that on June 24 Stout approached a 43-year-old man who was leaving a Wells Fargo ATM on Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma, demanded cash and threatened to cut him with a knife if he refused.
The victim gave Stout his wallet, police said.
Four days later, police said Stout demanded cash from a 64-year-old man at the same ATM, only this time the victim refused, and police said Stout stabbed him. The next day, June 29, police said Stout approached a 75-year-old man taking out garbage in the parking lot at the same shopping center and when the victim said he didn't have any money, Stout slashed his face before fleeing.
It was not clear how seriously the victims were injured. Police could not immediately detail their recoveries.
It also was not immediately clear how police linked Stout to the three robberies.
With Ellen Yan
CORRECTION: Due to incorrect information from the Suffolk Police Department, an earlier version of this story gave an inaccurate address for the suspect.