A Westbury man who had been at the center of 2014 police brutality allegations that ended in a Nassau cop’s acquittal pleaded not guilty to robbery and assault charges Tuesday.
Kyle Howell, 22, also denied charges including weapon possession, drug possession and attempted robbery following a grand jury’s recent indictment.
Nassau police had arrested him in April, charging him with robbing two people of $400 at knifepoint during an alleged drug deal in Great Neck Plaza.
Nassau County Judge Alan Honorof continued Howell’s previous bond of $76,000, and Howell left court with his family and attorney.
Howell’s mother and his defense attorney, Kevin Kearon, declined to comment outside court. A spokesman for the district attorney’s office also declined to comment on the indictment.
Howell had told reporters he was “being framed” after his April 19 arrest, an allegation that Nassau police strongly refuted.
Howell has a pending federal lawsuit against the county and two police officers, Vincent LoGiudice and Basil Gomez, in connection with an April 2014 traffic stop that a store’s surveillance camera caught on video.
In December, a judge acquitted LoGiudice of assault charges after a trial in which prosecutors had alleged he beat Howell during a Westbury car stop.
In the current case, Nassau police have alleged Howell met a man and a woman in a car to sell them drugs, but Howell got in the back seat of the vehicle and held a knife to the man’s throat, demanding money.
Howell cut both of the male’s hands with a knife when the man tried to push him away, according to police.
The woman then gave Howell the money and he fled, authorities have alleged.
Police found Howell with 17 Xanax pills and a bag of cocaine when they arrested him later, according to court documents, which also said Howell had denied ownership of the drugs.