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Cops: Victim recognizes suspect in burglary attempt, leading to arrests

Franklin Ariel Mejia, 18, left, and Joshea J.

Franklin Ariel Mejia, 18, left, and Joshea J. Hernandez, 21, both of Hempstead, were arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2015, and charged with attempted burglary in connection with an attempted break-in on Jan. 2 in Hempstead, police said. Credit: NCPD

Two men who were chased from the scene of a home they were attempting to burglarize earlier this month in Hempstead were arrested Wednesday after the victim recognized one of them on a street corner -- and called 911 -- police said.

Joshea J. Hernandez, 21, of 326 Washington St., Hempstead, was arrested by Hempstead police after the 911 call from the victim Wednesday saying he'd seen the would-be burglar on Front Street.

Hernandez's alleged accomplice, Franklin Ariel Mejia, 18, of 47 Tennessee Ave., Hempstead, was later arrested by Nassau County Third Squad detectives at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow where police said he was visiting a patient.

Both men were charged with second-degree attempted burglary. Hernandez, who Nassau police said slashed the victim with a straight razor after the attempted burglary on Jan. 2, also was charged with second-degree attempted assault.

Police said that on Jan. 2 Hernandez and Mejia attempted to break into a home on Hoff Court in Hempstead, but were thwarted when the resident, identified only as a 34-year-old man, opened the rear door to his home -- and came face-to-face with the men, who police said were trying to "pry open his door."

The attempted burglary occurred at about 2:10 p.m. Jan. 2. After opening the door, police said, the two would-be burglars fled. But, police said the victim, whose name was not released, chased the pair in his car. When the victim caught up to the two, police said, Hernandez used a straight-edge razor to slash at him, causing a minor laceration to his chest.

The victim later spotted Hernandez on the street Wednesday and made the 911 call.

Both Hernandez and Mejia are scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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