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Cops: Robber uses shotgun to steal cellphone

A shotgun-wielding robber and his two accomplices took a cellphone and cash from a man in Uniondale early Monday, Nassau County police said.

Jonathan Chappell, 22, of 351 Jackson St., in Hempstead, who allegedly brandished a shotgun in the robbery, and Jamel Williams, 28, and Miriam Khalifah, 31, both of 198 Princeton St., also in Hempstead, were arrested on robbery charges, police said.

Chappell approached the victim at Edgemere Avenue and Linwood Street at about 12:55 a.m., police said. Armed with a shotgun, Chappell demanded the man's cellphone and then he went through his pockets and took cash, police said.

The suspect fled in a 1996 Chevy Blazer occupied by Williams and Khalifah, according to police.

First Precinct police officers then found the three in the vehicle on Jerusalem Avenue and Henry Street in Hempstead where they were placed under arrest, according to a news release. A shotgun also was found in the car, police said.

No one was injured, police said.

Further investigation connected Chappell and Williams to an attempted robbery on Lawrence Street in Uniondale on Sept. 19, police said.

Each of the three is charged with first-degree robbery; Chappell also is charged with first-degree criminal use firearm and third-degree criminal possession weapon.

They are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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