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East Meadow robbery suspect arrested, 4 sought, police say

Mauricio Figueroa, 27, who police said is homeless,

Mauricio Figueroa, 27, who police said is homeless, was arrested in March 2016 by Nassau County police and charged with robbery in connection with a home invasion on Feb. 21, 2016 in East Meadow, police said. Credit: NCPD

A homeless man has been arrested in connection with a home invasion-style robbery earlier this month in East Meadow, but police said investigators are still looking for four additional suspects — and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers.

Mauricio Figueroa, 27, has been charged with two counts of second-degree robbery for his alleged role in the Feb. 21 push-in robbery on Rose Drive. The robbery took place at 4:22 a.m.

Nassau County police initially believed there were three suspects involved in the incident. They now say there were five.

Police said that the victim, identified only as a 53-year-old man, was entering his home when three of the suspects forced their way in behind him — and “began kicking and punching him in the head, causing contusions.” The trio stole cash from the victim, then fled the scene in a white 2007 Jeep.

The victim attempted to follow the suspects, chasing them to Charles Lindbergh Boulevard and West Road in Garden City, where the tires on the Jeep went flat — and the victim saw the suspects fleeing on foot in separate directions. The victim called police then to report the incident and drove himself to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Figueroa faces arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead. Police are asking anyone else with information about the robbery to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477. All calls will remain confidential.

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