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3 charged in Uniondale armed robbery, police say

Tiyana Oates, left, and Craig Blackwood were charged

Tiyana Oates, left, and Craig Blackwood were charged in a Monday armed robbery in Uniondale, Nassau County police said. Credit: NCPD

Three Hempstead residents have been charged with the armed robbery of a man on a Uniondale street Monday, Nassau County police said.

The trio confronted the 24-year-old victim on Amsterdam Avenue and Newtown Avenue at 10 p.m., police said.

One of the three, identified as Craig Blackwood, 19, was armed with a handgun and demanded money, police said. Blackwood also punched the victim, knocking him to the ground, police said.

About 45 minutes after the robbery, officers stopped a car on Northern Parkway in Uniondale and arrested the two occupants — Tiyana Oates, 19, and Jaleesa Spurgeon, 16 — and charged them with robbing the victim, police said. A handgun and the victim’s iPhone were recovered from the car, police said.

Blackwood was arrested at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on robbery and weapon possession charges, and ordered held on bail of $20,000 bond or $10,000 cash, according to online court records.

It was not clear if he had retained an attorney.

Oates and Spurgeon were arraigned Tuesday in the same court and ordered held on bail of $40,000 bond or $20,000 cash, online court records show.

Oates is represented by the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, according to court records. Her attorney could not be reached Wednesday.

It was not clear if Spurgeon had retained an attorney.

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