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Levittown pair arrested in gas station holdups, Nassau cops say

Joelle Sessions, 28, left, and Nicholas Rom, 21,

Joelle Sessions, 28, left, and Nicholas Rom, 21, both of Levittown, leave Nassau County police headquarters for arraignment after their arrests on Thursday, June 8, 2017, for robberies in Wantagh last year. Credit: Howard Schnapp

The Levittown man and woman arrested in connection with two armed robberies of gas stations last September went before a judge Friday to face charges, officials said.

Nicholas Rom, 21, of Springtime Lane, and Joelle Sessions, 28, of Glazer Lane, appeared in First District Court in Hempstead, where each was charged with two counts of robbery in the first degree and robbery in the second degree, records show.

In court records, prosecutors allege that Sessions waited in her 2011 Chevrolet Equinox on Hunt Road while Rom entered the OK Petroleum gas station on 767 Wantagh Ave. in Wantagh, at about midnight on Sept. 7, 2016. He allegedly pointed a silver gun at the victim inside the store and demanded cash, making off with an unknown amount, records show. He then ran to the car and the pair sped off, according to prosecutors quoted in the records.

Hours later, the pair allegedly robbed another gas station the same way, this time with Sessions waiting on Amber Lane in Levittown while Rom entered the Ultra Gas Station on 3300 Hempstead Tpke. at about 10:40 p.m., records show. Rom pointed the handgun at the victim and made off with cash, prosecutors said in court records.

The pair were arrested Thursday and court records indicate Sessions tried to explain herself to investigators after she was taken into custody.

“He told me to drive him there; I didn’t get any of the money,” Sessions had said, according to the records.

Both were arraigned Friday and each were held on $150,000 cash bail or bond, officials said.

Sessions’ attorney, Edward Paltzik, declined to comment Friday. Rom was represented by Legal Aid, which generally does not comment on cases.


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