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Hempstead man held on $2M bail in attempted murder in Glen Cove home invasion shooting

Darrin Sims, charged with attempted murder, burglary and

Darrin Sims, charged with attempted murder, burglary and robbery, leaves Nassau police headquarters in Mineola on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A Hempstead man was ordered held on $2 million bail at his arraignment Wednesday on attempted murder, robbery and burglary charges related to home-invasion robberies in Glen Cove and Massapequa, police said.

Darrin Sims, 28, of Jackson Ave., is charged with second-degree attempted murder after a home invasion robbery Sept. 29 in Glen Cove, in which a 22-year-old man was critically injured, Glen Cove police Det. Lt. John Nagle said.

Sims also is charged with first-degree burglary and two counts of robbery stemming from a home-invasion robbery on Dec. 23 in Massapequa, Nassau County police said.

He was arrested Tuesday night and was arraigned Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

David Shuler, 20, of Garden City, accused as an accomplice in the Glen Cove case, which left Milo Duchnowski critically injured with a gunshot to the chest, was arrested Oct. 7, Nagle said. Shuler is charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted robbery.

He was arraigned last week and ordered held on $1 million bail, records show. He is due back in court Oct. 23.

Police said they believe Sims and Shuler, a onetime Glen Cove resident, targeted the Duchnowski home on Eldridge Place. Duchnowski's brother, Leo Duchnowski, 24, also lives in the home and has a $30 million lawsuit pending against Nassau County police, alleging he was beaten by officers during a 2013 traffic stop.

Leo Duchnowski surrendered to Glen Cove police Oct. 5 on drug charges, which Nagle said followed the execution of a search warrant at the home after his brother's shooting.

Nagle said officers seized two safes, which held drugs. Leo Duchnowski was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana.

Records show he was released on $100,000 bond at arraignment and is scheduled to return to court Friday.

Attorney Christopher J. Cassar of Huntington, who represents Leo Duchnowski, told Newsday on Oct. 7 that the arrest and charges against his client were retribution for the lawsuit filed against Nassau police.

Leo Duchnowski was not at their home when his brother was shot, Cassar said. He said the safe was not his client's.

Nagle said Wednesday Milo Duchnowski knew at least one of the suspects and that the home was targeted, though it was not clear why. Police have not detailed what was taken.Nagle said police are still investigating the case and trying to determine if anyone else was involved.

A Nassau police spokesman, Det. Vincent Garcia, said detectives are investigating but do not yet know if there is a connection between the Glen Cove home invasion and the other one with which Sims is charged. That incident took place at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 23 on Clocks Boulevard in Massapequa.

During the Massapequa burglary, police said Sims confronted the 29-year-old homeowner at the door, forced his way into the home, then demanded cash.

The victim and a relative complied, handing over an undisclosed amount of cash, and Sims also stole two cellphones and a set of headphones, police said. He fled in a late-model Nissan Maxima, police said. Police said they believe Sims acted alone in the Massapequa home invasion.


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