Four men intending to rob a drug dealer instead ended up being arrested after one of them mistook a bystander's sport utility vehicle for one of their vehicles, police said Thursday.
The four were caught, Suffolk County police said, after Glenn Griffen attempted to open the door of a disabled vehicle in the parking lot of a Pathmark on Wicks Road in Brentwood on Wednesday.
Police said Griffen then argued with a woman whose son owned the Ford Explorer SUV, telling her he had a gun.
Third Precinct officers apprehended the four men, two after a short foot pursuit, police said.
Arrested were Griffen, 43, of 9 Spruce St., Bay Shore; Norris Manago, 39, of 194 Fulton St., North Babylon; Cedric Gordon, 39, of 18 Croley St., Huntington; and James Taylor, 40, of 165 Tell Ave., Deer Park.
State records show each has served prison time for felonies.
Police said they recovered a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun, a 9-mm Tec-9 and a .44-caliber Magnum - all loaded. Detectives also recovered a stun gun, gloves, duct tape, wool caps with cutout eye holes and a bulletproof vest.
Police said they "determined the men had intended to rob a drug dealer."
Griffen and Manago were each charged with two counts of second-degree possession of a weapon, police said.
Gordon was charged with three counts of second-degree possession of a weapon, while Taylor was charged with two counts of second-degree possession of a weapon, one count of third-degree possession of a weapon and with the unlawful wearing of a body vest.
With Matthew Chayes