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Five teens charged in Franklin Square robbery attempt, police say

From left, Justin Johnson, Robert Fragoso and Paul

From left, Justin Johnson, Robert Fragoso and Paul Tribie, all 16 and of West Hempstead, are three of the five suspects charged with attempted robbery in connection with an attack on a 15-year-old boy on Friday, March 11, 2016, in Franklin Square, Nassau police said. Credit: NCPD / byline

Five teens have been charged with the attempted robbery of a 15-year-old boy Friday evening in Franklin Square.

The victim was walking near the corner of Semton Boulevard and Hempstead Turnpike at 7 p.m. when the group of five boys approached him from behind, forcibly threw him to the ground, hit him on the head and demanded cash, Nassau County police said in a news release.

The suspects rifled through the boy’s pockets but fled west on bicycles and on foot on Hempstead Turnpike after they found nothing, police said. Police did not identify the victim.

The victim went home and called police. He refused medical attention, police said.

Two police officers from the Fifth Precinct while on patrol came across five males at the corner of Lexington Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike who fit the description given by the victim, police said.

Police arrested Robert Fragoso, Justin Johnson and Paul Tribie, all 16 and of West Hempstead, and charged them with attempted robbery. They are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead Saturday.

Two juvenile suspects, both 15, also were arrested and found to have a stun gun and a gravity knife in their possession, police said. They were charged with attempted robbery and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and are expected to be arraigned Saturday at Nassau County Family Court.

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