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UNIONDALE / Teens charged in attack

Three teenagers have been charged with felony robbery after police said they hit two victims in the head and ripped off their necklaces in Uniondale.

The three young men - Jose Escobar, 19, of Hempstead, along with Kibwe Alexander and Angel Hernandez, both 16 and of Uniondale - allegedly targeted victims while driving around Uniondale in a 1998 Pontiac, Nassau police said.

In the first robbery, on Friday around 7:25 p.m., the suspects jumped out of the 1998 Pontiac in which they were riding on Chester Street and hit a 21-year-old man on the head with a baseball bat, authorities said. After taking two of the man's chains, the suspects drove away, police said.

Then on Saturday around 3:45 p.m., at Greengrove Avenue and Cedar Street, they set upon a 46-year-old man, punching him in the face and hitting him in the back of a head with a tree branch, and stealing his necklace, officials said. This time, while the three fled, the victim looked at the vehicle's license plate number and contacted the authorities, police said.

Escobar, of Kennedy Avenue, Alexander, of Greengrove Avenue, and Hernandez of Clark Place, have not yet been arraigned. They each face six counts of felony robbery and two counts of misdemeanor weapons possession, according to Nassau police.

- LAURA RIVERA

HAMPTON BAYS / Cops: 3 hurt in drag race

Two Hampton Bays men face misdemeanor charges after a drag racing crash that sent one driver and two passengers to local hospitals.

Southampton Town Police said Erick Jimenez, 18, and Esteban Vazquez, 20, were racing eastbound on School Street near Trail Road in Hampton Bays Friday night when Jimenez lost control of his 1999 Hyundai Accent, then struck a fence and a tree before stopping a few feet from a house.

Jimenez and a 17-year-old woman riding in his car were taken to Southampton Hospital. A 20-year-old man in his car was transferred by helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Vazquez, who drove a 1996 Nissan Altima, was not injured.

Both men face misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment, unauthorized drag racing, third-degree assault and reckless driving. Vazquez also faces a charge of driving while impaired by drugs.

The two were arraigned Saturday at Southampton Town Justice Court. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Southampton Town Police Tips hotline at 631-728-3454.

- REID J. EPSTEIN

HUNTINGTON STATION / Mall evacuated

The Macy's department store at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station was evacuated briefly Sunday after smoke filled the basement. There were no injuries. At roughly 1:45 p.m., the Huntington Manor Fire Department responded and located the source of the smoke in an elevator control room. Capt. Mike Bruno said the source of the smoke appeared to be an electric pump in the room. Employees and shoppers were evacuated. Bruno said firefighters cut the electric power to the elevator and advised the department store to get in touch with its elevator repair service. After about a half-hour, Bruno said, the store was reopened.

- WILL VAN SANT

SYOSSET / Serious injury after crash

Nassau police were investigating a single vehicle crash Sunday that left a 25-year-old man in serious condition at Nassau University Medical Center, authorities said.

Police said that at roughly 5:25 p.m. the man was driving a 2005 Dodge Neon in the southbound lane of South Oyster Bay Road when he left the road and hit a utility pole at the westbound ramp of the Northern State Parkway.

A Nassau police emergency services unit and Syosset firefighters used hydraulic tools to free the man from the wreckage. Police did not release the man's name.

An official of the hospital said Sunday night that the man was being taken to surgery and declined to give an update on his condition.

- WILL VAN SANT

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