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Man arrested in street robberies of two brothers

Ryeshawn Newson, of Hempstead, was arrested on Wednesday,

Ryeshawn Newson, of Hempstead, was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, charged with robbery, criminal possession of stolen property and possession of a dangerous weapon, accused in the robbery of two brothers in separate incidents in Hempstead Wednesday, police said. Credit: NCPD

An 18-year-old Hempstead man who first asked a man walking to a nearby bus stop Wednesday morning for a dollar then robbed him at knifepoint and then, a short time later, also robbed the victim's brother at knifepoint, has been arrested and charged with robbery and weapons possession, Nassau County police said.

The first robbery occurred on Greenwich Street, near Jerusalem Avenue, in Hempstead at about 6:20 a.m. The second robbery took place not long after in the same area.

Police said neither victim was injured in the robberies.

Ryeshawn Newson, of 67 Albemarle Ave., was arrested on two counts of first-degree robbery, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and two counts of fourth-degree possession of a dangerous weapon. Newson was arrested by Hempstead Police on Henry Street in Hempstead not long after the robberies.

Police said Newson approached the first victim, identified only as a 26-year-old man, as he walked to his bus stop in Hempstead early Wednesday.

First, police said, Newson asked for a dollar -- and the victim complied. Then, police said, Newson "demanded more money, punched the victim in the face and knocked him to the ground." With the defenseless victim on the ground, police said Newson then drew "a large knife," held it to the victim's chest -- and stole his cellphone and remaining cash.

The victim fled the scene, found a friend and borrowed the friend's cellphone -- using it to warn his younger brother, who is 18, not to use the same route to the bus stop.

Police said that despite the warning, the brother was on his way to the bus when he was approached by Newson, who threatened him with a knife. The brother took his wallet, threw it to the ground and fled, police said -- fearing for his life. The brother than ran into a nearby deli, where a 911 call was made to police.

The responding Hempstead police officers arrested Newson, recovering the proceeds of both robberies, police said.

Newson faces arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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