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Police: Arrest made in Garden City Park pharmacy robbery

Surveillance photo shows Kevin Arenas, 23, of West

Surveillance photo shows Kevin Arenas, 23, of West Hempstead, at the Twin Parks Pharmacy in Garden City Park on July 5, 2017, where he held up the pharmacist at knifepoint and demanded prescription painkillers, Nassau County police said. Credit: NCPD

A West Hempstead man was released on $50,000 bond after his arraignment Wednesday on a first-degree robbery charge for allegedly stealing OxyContin in a knifepoint robbery last month at a pharmacy in Garden City Park.

Kevin Arenas, 23, of Saranac Road, is the heavily tattooed suspect seen staring directly into a surveillance camera at Twin Parks Pharmacy and Surgicals on Jericho Turnpike on July 5, Nassau County police said.

Police had previously released a surveillance photo of the suspect, describing the robber as having a thin build with tattoos on his neck, chest and arms. No one was injured in the robbery.

Police said Arenas surrendered Tuesday. He was arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead where bail was set at $50,000 cash or a $50,000 bond and he was ordered to return to court on Aug. 25, according to a court official.

Police said Arenas entered the pharmacy at about 11:15 a.m. July 5, approached the pharmacist and, armed with a knife, demanded OxyContin. The pharmacist complied and Arenas fled with an undisclosed number of the pills, police said.

No customers were in the store at the time. Police said neither the pharmacist nor another employee was injured.

With Lisa Irizarry

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