UNIONDALE/Rifle fire leads to arrest
A Uniondale man was arrested early yesterday morning for allegedly shooting an assault-type rifle into the air and ground in an attempt to get trespassers off his lawn.
Police said that after a large group of men got into a verbal altercation on George Grier's front lawn at 393 Northern Pkwy. around 8 p.m. Sunday, he asked them to leave. After the men ignored his demands, police said, Grier emerged from his home with a loaded AK-47-style rifle, and fired rounds into the ground and air. There were no injuries.
Police arrived on scene, responding to a ShotSpotter notification. Grier, 30, was arrested at 12:30 a.m. Monday. The gun has been recovered, police said.
Grier's sister, Caprice Rines, said that Grier feared for the safety of his wife and two daughters, ages 1 and 2, after two of the men in a group continued to argue and would not leave. Rines said there were 20 men who were "swarming" the property.
Rines said her brother got the gun for self-defense in response to recent shootings in the area.
Grier was arrested on reckless endangerment and weapons possession charges. He was released on $10,000 bond after his arraignment yesterday.
- DEBORAH S. MORRIS AND AP
NASSAU/Man charged in 2 attacks
A Valley Stream man was arrested yesterday in connection with two separate incidents in which he allegedly attacked people who were the drivers of vehicles.
Nassau police said Malik Mackey, 18, of 26 Nelson St., was charged with reckless endangerment for an incident in May where he got into an argument with an unidentified 22-year-old woman as they rode in separate cars. Police said Mackey was a passenger in a vehicle that cut in front of the woman's car several times while both vehicles were traveling westbound on Peninsula Boulevard in Woodmere. When the two vehicles stopped at a red light, Mackey got out of the car and dumped a bottle of water on the woman's head. When the woman got out of her car, Mackey picked her up, carried her to the eastbound lanes of Peninsula Boulevard and tossed her into oncoming traffic where cars and trucks had to swerve to avoid hitting her, police said. The woman was not injured. By the time police arrived, Mackey had fled.
In the second incident on Aug. 2, Mackey was a passenger in a vehicle at Lawrence Avenue and Broadway in Lawrence. For reasons unknown he got out of the car he was in and began shouting at an unidentified male driver, 19, in another vehicle, police said. Mackey attacked the man by grabbing his shirt and punching him several times in the face. The victim required medical attention but was able to provide police with a partial plate number. Police were able to connect the two incidents after an investigation, police said.
Mackey was charged with third-degree assault in the second incident, police said. He is due to be arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead today on both charges. - DEBORAH S. MORRIS
WEST BABYLON/Trio arraigned in robbery
Three men who police said barged into a West Babylon home at gunpoint Sunday night and robbed the occupants of cash and "other items" are scheduled to be arraigned on burglary and weapon charges today in First District Court in Central Islip.
Two of the seven occupants managed to escape the multifamily home and call police. One man who was struck in the head with a handgun was treated for cuts to his face and released, said Det. Lt. Robert Edwards.
The three men in custody are Hasheen McLaurin, 29, and Darrick Harrison, 40, both of 26 Somerset Rd. N., North Amityville, and Kermit Williams, 37, of 32 Ridgewood Place, Bay Shore. Each man was charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree criminal use of a firearm.
The three men were arrested outside the house as they were attempting to flee, Edwards said. The robbery occurred at 10:40 p.m. Police recovered a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver and a car the men were using, said Edwards. He declined to identify the stolen items.
The investigation is ongoing and police asked anyone with information to call First Squad at 854-8152 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.
- CHAU LAM