A Farmingdale man was arrested Saturday and faces robbery and other charges after taking a man's cellphone in July and going to his home a week later and threatening to kill three other people with a switchblade, Nassau police said.
At 11 p.m. on July 23, Ricardo Esquerette, 25, of Farmingdale, confronted a man, 21, at Hudson and Staples streets and took his cellphone as the man tried to call 911, police said.
Esquerette and the man, who police did not identify, knew each other, authorities said.
Just over a week later, Esquerette went to the victim's home at 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 1 and attempted to force his way into the home after being asked to leave, police said. A woman, 56, blocked Esquerette's way and tried to call 911, police said.
Esquerette punched, kicked and wrestled the woman for the phone and tried to break it, police said. When a woman, 21, and a man, 28, tried to help, Esquerette pulled the knife from his pants pocket and threatened to kill all three victims at the scene, according to a Nassau police news release. Esquerette fled on foot.
Detectives found Esquerette at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at 10 Birch St. E. in Farmingdale. While attempting to take Esquerette into custody, police said, he kicked and punched the detectives, though there were no injuries. Esquerette spit on the detectives while he was being transported, police said.
He faces charges of first-degree robbery, three counts of second-degree menacing, attempted burglary, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, petit larceny and resisting arrest.
Esquerette is scheduled to be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.