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TV show tips lead to arrest

A Brooklyn man described by police as a violent career criminal was arrested by U.S. marshals Wednesday and turned over to Nassau County police, three months after his story was featured on "America's Most Wanted."

Sadiq Abdul Wahhab, 45, of East 46th Street, was charged with first-degree robbery for a gunpoint robbery in Valley Stream on July 3, 2009, police said.

Police could not say where or when Wahhab was arrested. They would only say Nassau detectives were involved in a joint operation with the marshal's New York-New Jersey Fugitive team in Brooklyn.

Police said authorities received "multiple tips" that led to the arrest following the airing of the show on Sept. 11.

In that episode, authorities said Wahhab was wanted for violation of federal parole in New York City and Nassau, as well as for the robbery.

"He's not afraid to cause injury, serious physical injury to his victims," Nassau Lt. Mike Fleming told the show, adding: "He's brutal in his attacks. He's armed, he's brutal and he's a danger."

Police said that in the Valley Stream robbery, Wahhab, armed with a semiautomatic handgun, approached a man, 56, in his driveway and, with a partner, robbed him of a bracelet. Police said Wahhab "punched and kicked" the victim to the ground, and he and his partner then fled on foot.

Officials did not immediately say how many tips the airing of the story generated. They said "multiple tips came into the tip line" and that those tips "helped in the apprehension" of Wahhab.

Wahhab was scheduled for arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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