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3 teens charged in cellphone

robbery at house party

Three teenagers have been charged with the assault and robbery of a 17-year-old at a house party in Elmont early yesterday, Nassau police said.

When the male victim tracked down the teens, one of the suspects, Aaron Benton, 17, of Rosedale, Queens, menaced him with a dagger, police said.

The incident began about 12:30 a.m. during a party at a home on Emily Avenue. Benton, along with Daniel Smith, 19, of Washington Heights, Manhattan; Eurvyn Joyce, 18, Rosedale; and an unknown man with a ponytail approached the victim and demanded his cellphone, police said.

When the victim refused, he was punched repeatedly by the suspects, who took the cellphone from his pocket, police said. The suspects then fled the scene on foot and were followed by the victim, who confronted them on Dutch Broadway in Elmont.

The altercation intensified when Benton menaced the victim with a dagger, police said. Fourth Precinct police officers on patrol observed the incident, and the suspects fled on foot.

After an extensive search, the suspects were located on Dutch Broadway and taken into custody at 12:45 a.m. yesterday. The victim refused medical attention.

Benton has also been charged in a separate assault and robbery that occurred at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, also in Elmont.

Police said Benton and a group of unknown males, including the ponytailed suspect from the house party, approached a 14-year-old male walking on Keegan Street in the vicinity of Dutch Broadway.

The suspects punched and kicked the victim and removed a cellphone from his pants pocket, police said. The suspects then fled the scene on foot. The victim refused medical assistance.

All three defendants were charged with second-degree robbery. Benton was also charged with a second count of second-degree robbery along with a count of second-degree menacing.

They were all to be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead yesterday.


Man slashed with machete

during attempted bike theft

A 50-year-old man was slashed with a machete in New Cassel early Saturday as he fought off a suspect attempting to steal his bicycle, Nassau County police said.

The assault occurred shortly after 2 a.m. after the victim parked his bike in front of 755 Old Country Rd.

Police said the unidentified male suspect got on the bike and attempted to ride away, but the victim confronted him and the two fought. The victim retrieved the bike but the suspect, armed with a machete, tracked him down at Arlington Street and Oliver Avenue.

The suspect demanded the bicycle and struck the victim with the weapon, cutting his right forearm, police said. The victim lost control of the bicycle and struck a parked car, chipping his tooth, authorities said.

The subject entered a white van and fled the scene without the bike, police said. The victim refused medical assistance.

The suspect was described as about 25 years old and 5 feet, 9 inches with brown hair and wearing a white T-shirt and beige shorts.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.


Pair of teens accused

of stealing pocketbook

Two teenagers are facing charges after stealing the pocketbook of a woman early yesterday in Roosevelt, Nassau County police said.

The 43-year-old victim was walking in front of 326 Nassau Rd. at 12:30 a.m. when she was approached by Daron Hill, 16 of Uniondale, and a 14-year-old male whose name police did not release. The teens grabbed the victim's pocketbook and fled on foot, police said.

Members of Nassau's Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team located the suspects at Lakewood Avenue and Nassau Road and took them into custody at 1:15 a.m.

Hill was charged with second-degree robbery and was to be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead yesterday. The juvenile was charged with second-degree robbery and was scheduled to appear in Family Court on Sept. 4.

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