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Crimes Nearby: Postal Worker Robbed, Hotel Robberies

A rundown of police & fire stories from neighboring communities.

Cops: Brooklyn Man Robbed Postal Worker

A Brooklyn man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly stealing a package from a mail carrier in North Valley Stream, according to police.

On Aug. 31 at 12:12 p.m., police said the 59-year-old United States Postal worker was attempting to deliver a package to a Custer street home, but no one answered the door. 

As the carrier was leaving the home, he was approached by Don Joseph, 24, who allegedly claimed to be the recipient of the package. Police said the worker told the subject to return to the home and he would meet him there. 

When the carrier arrived at the home, he asked Joseph for identification. The defendant could not produce any. Joseph then allegedly pushed the victim to the ground, took the package and fled the scene in a black automobile. There were no injuries.

Joseph was arrested after an investigation at the Fourth Precinct. He is charged with third-degree robbery.

Suspect Arrested for Robbing Women at Local Hotels

Police said they caught the man responsible for multiple hotel robberies in Nassau County including one committed at the Holiday Inn Express in Lynbrook earlier this year. 

Anthony A. Leazer Jr., 29, of Hempstead, was arrested and charged with robbing a 23-year-old woman on the afternoon of May 3 at the Lynbrook Holiday Inn Express located on Sunrise Highway. According to detectives, Leazer allegedly knocked on the victim's door and when she opened it, he displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and pushed his way into the room. Leazer then allegedly demanded cash and forced the victim to the floor, according to police. After obtaining an unknown amount of cash, he then fled from the room in an unknown direction. There were no injuries reported.

Police said he was also responsible for two other hotel incidents, which you can read about here.

Cops Arrest Pair for Robbery at Malverne Park Gas Station

Two people were arrested and charged with robbery Sunday evening after an altercation occurred at the USA gas station in Malverne Park.

According to Nassau County police detectives, three suspects entered the station, located at 471 Hempstead Ave., around 2:45 p.m. in a red Nissan Altima, and the driver asked the 58-year-old male attendant for $20 worth of gas. When the attendant notified the suspects that the credit card they were attempting to pay with was declined, one of them, Lapourcha Castro, 21, of East Meadow, allegedly threatened the victim with a silver box cutter. 

Then, Corey Deas, 22, of Freeport, allegedly grabbed the attendant around the throat and threw him to the ground, causing the victim to strike his head. As the victim attempted to get up, police said Deas began to punch him about the head and face.

The victim was able to get back to the office and grabbed a walking stick for protection. He damaged the vehicle’s driver’s side door as they fled the scene. 

A short time later the suspects called 911 and two of them, Deas and Castro, returned to the scene to report the damage to their vehicle. The gas station was shut down for hours as Nassau County Police officers and detectives interviewed Deas, Castro, and workers at the station. The victim suffered a laceration to his left knee and right arm, but refused medical attention at the scene.

Around 4:45 p.m., police handcuffed Deas and Castro and took them away in separate patrol cars. They were each charged with one count of second-degree robbery.

The third suspect has not yet been arrested, according to a spokeswoman for Nassau County Police, who said the investigation is continuing.

Long Beach Man Killed on Park Avenue

A Long Beach man was killed early Sunday morning after a car struck him on Park Avenue.

According to Sgt. Eric Cregeen, a spokesman for the Long Beach Police Department, at about 1:25 a.m., officers responded to a call of a pedestrian struck at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and East Park Avenue.

A Long Beach Fire Department ambulance took the pedestrian, Michael Small, 46, of Long Beach, to Long Beach Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

There were no criminal charges lodged against the operator of the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was involved in the accident.

For police reports, click the following links: Long Beach, Lynbrook, Rockville Centre arrests and incidents, Valley Stream

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