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2 nabbed in armed robbery of Merrick shop

Two Bay Shore men were charged in the gunpoint robbery Saturday morning of a Merrick electronics store during which an employee and a customer were held captive briefly in a backroom.

Nassau County police said officers arrested Samuel Johnson, 19, and Jody Odonoghue, 21, a short time after the 9:15 a.m. robbery of the Radio Shack at 1690 Sunrise Hwy.

During the robbery, the two forced an employee and a customer to a back room in the store but were interrupted when a second employee entered the store, police said.

Johnson and Odonoghue fled with an unknown amount of merchandise, speeding south on Babylon Turnpike in a 1996 Ford Explorer, police said.

The vehicle hit a traffic-control box at Babylon Turnpike and Merrick Road, and officers investigating the robbery arrested the two as they tried to run from the vehicle, police said.

Johnson and Odonoghue are each charged with two counts of second-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, first-degree criminal use of a firearm and second-degree robbery. The two were remanded without bail at their arraignments on Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead. They are due back in court on Wednesday.

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