A Roosevelt teenager has been charged in connection with a gunpoint robbery and an attempted robbery of two Chinese food deliverymen last month in the hamlet, police said.
The armed robbery happened at 8:50 p.m. Nov. 22 when a male victim, 53, was making a delivery for Ting Ho Kitchen to a Margaret Drive residence. He was approached by two males wearing ski masks — one of whom demanded money while brandishing a silver handgun, police said.
The victim complied and the suspects fled on foot eastbound into nearby rear yards with an undisclosed amount of cash and food.
Police said the attempted robbery occurred at 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 29. According to detectives, while on East Greenwich Avenue delivering Chinese food to a local residence, the 49-year-old male driver, while still in his car, was approached by a male who attempted to forcibly open the driver’s side door. The victim drove away from the scene and contacted 911, police said.
No injuries were reported in either incident.
Malcolm Griffin, 18, of Pennywood Avenue, was arrested on Saturday and charged with first-degree robbery and attempted robbery in connection with the two crimes and will be arraigned Sunday in First District Court in Hempstead. Police did not have information immediately available about whether Griffin was the suspect who demanded the money in the robbery. The second suspect was still being sought.
Detectives request anyone with information on either incident to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.