Four robbery suspects caught after a short vehicle and foot chase face felony charges in at least two holdups of pedestrians this month, Nassau police said Wednesday.
They were captured when officers responding to a call about a robbery with a gun about 10:18 p.m. Monday in Uniondale noticed a vehicle leaving the scene, at Maple Avenue and Braxton Street, police said. The vehicle fit the description of the getaway car, and when officers tried to make a traffic stop the vehicle was driven away, police said.
A few blocks away at Midwood Street and Lenox Avenue, four suspects bailed out of the vehicle but were captured after a foot chase, police said.
Arrested were Tremaine Devore, 19, of 684 Front St., Hempstead; Christian Oglesby, 23, of 404 Lenox Ave., Uniondale; Jovon Noel, 17, of 77 Lord Ave., Inwood; and Lance Lyttle, 24, of 590 Fulton Ave., Uniondale. Each was charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery in connection with the Monday holdup, police said.
They stole a cellphone, wallet and money from the pedestrian, who was not injured, police said.
The four also were also charged with the same counts in the case of another Uniondale pedestrian, who was beaten by four armed robbers after they pulled up next to him in a gray Honda on Nov. 2, police said. The victim fell and the robbers ripped off his headphone, police said.
At that time, police were trying to determine if the same crew held up a Freeport pedestrian an hour later and were seen leaving in a gray sedan. A police spokeswoman Wednesday said the four arrested suspects have not been charged in the Freeport case.
Oglesby and Devore were each accused in unrelated robberies. Oglesby was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery, second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a June 10 holdup of a pedestrian in Uniondale. Devore was charged with first-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree robbery in the Nov. 1 holdup of a pedestrian in Hempstead.
Bail for Oglesby, Devore and Noel was set at $60,000 and at $50,000 for Lyttle. An additional bail of $1,000 was set for Oglesby because he had two warrants and also for Noel, who had allegedly violated conditions of his release on another case.
Devore's attorney, Timothy Aldridge of Levittown, was not immediately available, but the attorney for the other three, Alan Smilowitz of West Hempstead, said his clients pleaded not guilty.