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Cops: Two charged in gunpoint street robbery in Hempstead

Two men were arrested early Monday and charged in the gunpoint street robbery of two pedestrians in Hempstead, police said.

The suspects, Inmer Romero, 16, and Brian Umanzor, 19, were caught by Hempstead police officers 12 minutes after the 1:19 a.m. robbery on Marion Street in the area of Lafayette Avenue, Nassau police said.

Romero, of 299 Jackson Ave., "pointed a loaded .38 caliber revolver at the victims and demanded money" from two pedestrians, ages 30 and 33, as Umanzor, of 10 Duane St., Farmingdale, "rifled through the victim's pockets removing property," Nassau police said in a news release.

The suspects fled on foot and were caught in an unspecified location, police said, and the "proceeds and the weapon were recovered."

They will be arraigned Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead on charges of six counts of first-degree robbery and first-degree criminal use of a firearm and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

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