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North Hills knifepoint robbery, chase ends with 2 charged, cops say

Medardo Gomez-Soriano, 16, of Copiague, left, and Jose

Medardo Gomez-Soriano, 16, of Copiague, left, and Jose Franco, 17, of Farmingdale, were arrested after police said they robbed a woman at gunpoint in North Hills early Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Credit: NCPD

Nassau police arrested two men who they said robbed a 26-year-old woman at knifepoint in North Hills early Wednesday before crashing into another car as they tried to escape in a stolen vehicle.

Jose Franco, 17, of Glenn Court in Farmingdale and Medardo Gomez-Soriano, 16, of 24th Street in Copiague are charged with first-degree robbery, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, petty larceny and other offenses in the 1 a.m. incident.

They are scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead. Their attorneys could not be reached for comment.

Police said Franco approached the victim as she sat in her vehicle on Windsor Gate Drive in North Hills. Franco pulled out a pocket knife and pressed it against her chest while he grabbed her pocketbook, police said.

They said he left the scene in a red 2005 Dodge Neon driven by Gomez-Soriano and Third Precinct officers heard a description of the car and pursued it.

Police said the suspects ran a red traffic light at Stewart Avenue and Merrick Road in Westbury and proceeded south on Park Avenue into Eisenhower Park before their car struck another vehicle on Hempstead Turnpike while leaving the park.

They were arrested at the crash scene, police said, adding that an investigation revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen from Suffolk on Tuesday and had been involved in a number of accidents that day.

The victim’s pocketbook was recovered, police said.

Franco is also charged with fourth-degree possession of a dangerous weapon, two counts of false personation and leaving the scene of an auto accident, police said.

Gomez-Soriano also faces a charge of third-degree unlawful fleeing of a police officer, reckless driving, and multiple vehicle and traffic violations, police said.

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