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Victim forced to go to Hempstead apartment for robbery, cops say

A Hempstead man was arrested early Sunday morning after he coerced another man to go to his apartment by threatening him with a BB gun, then robbed him, Hempstead Village police said.

The victim, 22, was walking out of a deli at 240 Main St. late Saturday night when he was approached by James Mason, 51, of Hempstead, according to Lt. Ed Hayman.

Mason asked the victim to come to his apartment, Hayman said. When the victim refused, Mason motioned that he had a gun under his shirt and told the victim to go with him, Hayman said.

The victim complied, and was taken to Mason's second-floor apartment at 1 Kendig Place, Hayman said. There, Mason grabbed the victim by the neck and shoved a BB gun in the victim's chest, demanding money and racking the BB gun "for effect," Hayman said.

Mason then took the victim's wallet and pulled out $300 before giving the wallet back to him, Hayman said. The victim then left after telling Mason that he had no more money, then he called police.

Officers from Hempstead's Gun Involved Violence Elimination task force and Nassau County's Third Precinct went to Mason's building with the victim, who saw Mason and identified him, Hayman said.

Mason was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery. At his arraignment on Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead, Mason was ordered held on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. He is due back in court on Wednesday.

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