Three Suffolk County residents targeted a Mineola businessman in a home invasion, making off with a safe holding thousands of dollars and leading police on a car chase that ended in Jericho with a crash and their arrest, Nassau County police said Tuesday.
Arlene Morel, 22, of 84 Danbury St., Bay Shore; Malik Taylor, 21, of 78 Shirley Lane, Medford; and Mark Coleman, 22, of 95 Abinet Ct., Selden, were charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree robbery, second-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree conspiracy, police said. Coleman also was charged with violating his parole from a third-degree robbery conviction in Suffolk, police said.
At their arraignments Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead, Morel was ordered held with bail set at $250,000 cash or bond; Taylor and Coleman each were ordered held with bail set at $500,000 cash or bond, a spokesman for the Nassau district attorney's office said. All three are due in Nassau County Court in Mineola Thursday.
Morel, who met the victim online and had been to his apartment "several times," called the victim Monday afternoon and said she was coming by in 20 minutes, Insp. Kenneth Lack, a police spokesman, said. When the 41-year-old man, whose name was not released, answered Morel's knock at his Lincoln Avenue apartment, Taylor and Coleman, who were armed with black handguns, "rushed the door and punched and kicked him in the face and torso," Lack said.
The victim refused medical attention. Lack would not describe the nature of the relationship between the victim, who owns several businesses, and Morel.
Taylor, Coleman and Morel fled with a safe in Taylor's black 2007 Audi. Second Precinct officers spotted the car traveling north on Willis Avenue, toward Jericho Turnpike, and pursued. The driver did not stop.
The Audi, driven by Taylor, rammed two police patrol cars before a brief chase that ended with a crash in Jericho.
No one was hurt, police said.Police suspect the guns used in the robbery and the safe are in the Audi, which has been impounded. Police are awaiting a search warrant, Lack said.