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Cops: Pair charged with robbing man on Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont

Charlene Hernandez, 29, of Elmont, and Frank W.

Charlene Hernandez, 29, of Elmont, and Frank W. Smith, 46, of South Floral Park, were arrested on Monday night, Jan. 12, 2015, in the robbery of a man standing in front of a line of storefronts on Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont, police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

A man and woman were arrested after the woman first asked to "borrow money" from a man in Elmont on Monday night, then, when he refused the two rifled his pockets -- and took the cash, police said.

The robbery occurred in front of a row of storefronts on Hempstead Turnpike at about 8:15 p.m., Nassau County police said.

Arrested were Charlene Hernandez, 29, of 295 Kirkman Ave., Elmont, and Frank W. Smith, 46, of 53 Kingston Ave., South Floral Park.

Each was ordered held Tuesday on bail of $75,000 cash or bond on a single charge of second-degree robbery at their arraignment in First District Court in Hempstead.

Police said the two were standing in front of a business on Hempstead Turnpike with the victim, identified only as a 38-year-old man, when Hernandez asked if she could borrow money. Police said the victim said, "No" -- and that then Hernandez "reached into the victim's pocket and attempted to take the money." A struggle ensued, police said.

During that struggle, police said Smith took money from the victim, then fled on foot.

Hernandez remained at the scene, police said, and was arrested by Fourth Precinct officers. Officers then located Smith at his residence, where he was arrested without incident.

It was not immediately clear if the three knew one another.

Hernandez and Smith are due back in court on Thursday.

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