2 charged in bike theft in Valley Stream
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A knife-wielding Valley Stream man was arrested after a brief standoff with police after he was confronted by the owner of a stolen bicycle he was riding Monday in a shopping center parking lot, Nassau County police said.
No one was injured in the incident. Police said video surveillance footage later revealed that a second man had stolen the bike from the King Kullen on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream. That man was also found in the parking lot and arrested, police said.
The incident occurred just before 6 p.m., police said.
Police said the 34-year-old victim rode the bike to the store and left it in a store vestibule while he shopped.
On return, he found the bike gone -- and called 911.
A short time later, police said, the victim saw Stephan Seal, 22, of 271 Brown St., Valley Stream, riding the bicycle in the store parking lot.
Police said the victim confronted Seal and "struggled with him in an attempt to recover the bike." Bystanders and store employees then jumped in to help, police said. But, police said, Seal drew a box-cutter knife -- and held it in "a threatening manner" to keep the crowd at bay.
Arriving police ordered Seal to drop the knife, but, police said, he initially refused.
Eventually, police said, he complied and was arrested.
The second suspect, Daniel Wisloh, 20, of 46 Gibson Blvd., Valley Stream, was arrested in the parking lot after the video surveillance showed he stole the bike, police said.
Seal was charged with menacing a police officer, third-degree robbery, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree possession of a dangerous weapon.
Wisloh was charged with petty larceny, police said.
Both men are scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.