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Suspect arrested in 2011 Westbury robbery

A man wanted in a 2011 armed robbery and his cousin, who fought officers trying to take the suspected robber into custody, were arrested Thursday morning at a home in New Cassel, police said.

The suspect's arrest stemmed from a robbery on Oct. 17, 2011, at Westbury Art and Framing, a store on Post Avenue, Nassau County police said. Police said a second suspect in the robbery is still being sought.

Ralik Brooks, 20, of 339 Siegel St., New Cassel, was arrested on charges of first-degree and second-degree robbery, as well as with resisting arrest. Brooks also had an open warrant for second-degree criminal possession of a dangerous weapon, police said, as well as an open warrant issued by the New York Sheriff's Department in Hudson County. The nature of that warrant was not immediately known.

Kenny Price, 20, also of 339 Siegel St., was arrested, police said, because he "became enraged" when officers attempted to arrest Brooks, his cousin, and "began to fight with officers." Price faces charges of obstructing governmental administration and with resisting arrest, police said.

Both men are scheduled for arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Police said Brooks and another man, who is still being sought, entered the Westbury store at about 11:45 a.m. on Oct. 17, 2011, wearing masks. One of the two flashed a handgun, police said, and ordered the 39-year-old female employee to open the safe and cash registers.

She refused and was struck in the head with the gun, police said. The employee then complied and the two men took cash and fled, police said. The woman was treated at a hospital for a laceration to the head, police said.

It was not clear how police linked Brooks to the crime.

Police said that when officers went to the house to arrest Brooks he was hiding in a closet, but said a relative directed them to his hiding place.

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