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Crimes Nearby: Arrests After Car Crash, Long Beach Teen Shot

A rundown of incidents that occurred in the past week.

The following information was supplied by the Nassau County and Long Beach police departments. A criminal charge is only an accusation, and does not indicate convictions.

Two Lynbrook teens were arrested on a several charges early Sunday morning after they were involved in a car accident in East Rockaway.

According to detectives, a Fourth Precinct Nassau County police officer was traveling eastbound on Waverly Avenue when he was struck head on by a 2006 Toyota driven by defendant Vincent Rossi, 19, of Lynbrook.

Responding officers found Rossi had operated the vehicle under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Upon further investigation, two switch blade knives, a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, numerous red and white capsules believed to be steroids and a small glass injectable vial with an unknown liquid substance were found in the center console of the car.

The passenger, Dhobrinshky Gracia, 19, of Lynbrook, was also placed under arrest. Further investigation revealed that Rossi had in his possession a counterfeit Florida’s driver’s license and Gracia possessed two counterfeit Pennsylvania drivers’ licenses.

The injured officer was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

Two workers fell from a scaffold early Wednesday, May 23, at the West 130 construction site in West Hempstead.

The two men were working three floors up in the rear of the new apartment complex (formerly known as the Alexan) that is being constructed on Hempstead Avenue, the site of the old Courtesy Hotel.

The men fell approximately 25 feet to the ground and were both injured.
Details of what happened were not immediately known. They were transported to Winthrop Hospital in Mineola.

Two Long Beach men were arrested Tuesday, May 22, after allegedly robbing a woman at knifepoint in Island Park.

According to Nassau County detectives, a 21-year-old woman walking home at about 11:55 p.m. on Long Beach Road onto the Arlington Walk Way. She was then approached by two men who both displayed knives and demanded that she hand over her pocketbook.

The two men, Rakim Cole, 20, and Kaic Santos, 18, both of Long Beach, allegedly took the pocketbook, which contained an undetermined amount of cash, and left the alleyway, police said.

A short time later, Nassau County Police and a MTA K-9 officer were able to apprehend and arrest both suspects, police said.

All proceeds were recovered, and there were no injuries reported.

A car fire in Lakeview on Tuesday, May 22, is being labeled "suspicious," according to police and fire officials.

Around 9 p.m. Nassau County Police and Lakeview firefighters responded to the report of a fire inside a silver Chevrolet Camaro that had been parked in a small lot on Woodfield Road near the Lakeview train station and a small strip of stores.

Upon their arrival, the fire had already been put out with a fire extinguisher by one of the nearby store owners, according to Lakeview Fire Chief Heather Senti.

The fire itself was small and quickly contained, but Senti says, "It was suspicious in nature."

The Nassau County Fire Marshal was called in to investigate. 

Shots were fired into a Lakeview home Monday, May 21, while two women were inside, according to Nassau County Police, who are investigating the incident.

The bullets were fired into a residence on Jefferson Avenue around 11:40 p.m. on May 21. No one was injured. Detectives do not know if one person or multiple perpetrators fired the shots.

A Long Beach boy shot and wounded a fellow teenager during an altercation involving four youths at the  and bus depot on Monday, May 21.

According to , Rodney Arnold, 17, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after he fought with three teen males and he fired a handgun, striking one teen in the chest at about 3:40 p.m. on May 21.

While an investigation is ongoing, it appears the altercation involved three teens fighting with Arnold, Cregeen said, and Arnold may have fired as many as three shots, possibly using a .22-caliber pistol. The gun has not been recovered.

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The Chase Bank in East Rockaway was robbed Monday, May 21, by two men armed with handguns.

According to Nassau County detectives, around 6 p.m., two black male suspects, both armed with handguns, entered the Chase Bank located at 111 Main St. in East Rockaway. The suspects confronted employees and demanded money.

After taking an undetermined amount of cash, the suspects fled in an unknown direction, police said.

Three employees were present at the time and no injuries were reported.

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