An Amityville man was arraigned Tuesday on kidnapping and rape charges from December after evidence emerged when he was charged with an unrelated March robbery and sexual abuse case, Nassau police said.
DNA collected from Levar Burton, 24, in the March case matched DNA obtained from a woman kidnapped at gunpoint at 4 a.m. Dec. 27 in West Hempstead, police said. Detectives from Nassau’s special victims squad said the woman was driven to a desolate area on Terminal Road and sexually assaulted.
Burton, of Albany Avenue, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of second-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse in the December case. He was remanded back into custody and issued a stay away order of protection, officials said.
Police spokesman Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun called the allegations against Burton “heinous” and said authorities want to hear from anyone else who may have been his victim.
“We want all women to come forward if they did have contact with him or any other individual with similarities [to Burton],” LeBrun said at a news conference.
Burton’s attorney, Samuel Rieff of Garden City, said police got the wrong man in both cases.
“It’s a big mistake,” Rieff said. “He had nothing to do with these events.”
Police said Burton robbed a woman at knifepoint at about 4:15 a.m. March 7 on Middle Neck Road in Great Neck. The suspect approached from behind, covered the woman’s mouth, brandished a knife and demanded money, police said. After the woman told the suspect she had no money, he took two cellphones and other items, then touched her inappropriately, police said.
In connection with that case, Burton was arrested March 12, then arraigned on charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree sexual abuse.
He was out on a $10,000 bond when investigators questioned him in the December case, officials said.
Police said the victim, 21, was standing outside her vehicle in an industrial section when she was approached by the man, who wore a mask.
“This individual is misguided,” LeBrun said about Burton. “His actions are reprehensible.”
Police ask anyone with information to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477.