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MS-13 members arrested in Copiague taxi holdup, police say

Jeremy Jones, 27, left, and Jose Molina, 20,

Jeremy Jones, 27, left, and Jose Molina, 20, both of Queens, robbed a taxi driver at gunpoint in Copiague on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, Suffolk police said. Credit: SCPD

Suffolk County authorities arrested two “self-admitted MS-13 gang members” Friday night after police said they robbed a taxi driver in Copiague.

The robbery happened at 8:50 p.m. in the 500 block of Oak Street, police said in a news release.

Police said Jeremy Jones, 27, and Jose Molina, 20, both of Queens, used a gun to rob the driver. The cabdriver was not hurt, police said.

“Both men are self-admitted MS-13 gang members,” police said in the news release, but did not provide details. Police said the men were arrested at 9:20 p.m. in Babylon.

Authorities said the men entered the cab at the Babylon Long Island Rail Road station and asked to be taken to the Farmingdale train station. During the drive, in Copiague, the men pulled out guns and robbed the driver of money and jewelry, police said. The men then fled the cab, went to the Copiague train station and took it back to the Babylon train station, where police said they were arrested.

Jones and Molina have been charged with first-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. They were awaiting arraignment Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip, police said.

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