Man Guilty of Attacking Valley Stream Couple
A Brooklyn man was convicted of robbery charges on Wednesday for attacking and robbing a couple in their Valley Stream driveway in July 2009, according to the district attorney’s office.
Sadiq Abdul Wahhab, 47, faces up to 15 years in prison at his April 18 sentencing on two counts of robbery in the second degree.
At about 12:20 a.m. on July 3, 2009, Wahhab and an accomplice hid in the bushes of a Marc Drive home in Valley Stream, DA Kathleen Rice said. The pair then attacked a married couple after they pulled into their driveway. Wahhab punched the male victim multiple times before he and his accomplice were able to get away with the victim’s bracelet, worth $9,000.
Wahhab’s New York Yankees hat was knocked from his head during the attack. Detectives were able to secure a DNA sample from the hat and identify Wahhab. A tip, received after Wahhab was featured on America’s Most Wanted, led to his arrest in Brooklyn by United States Marshals on Dec. 15, 2010.
The jury rejected the defense’s claims that Wahhab was at the scene, but did not participate in the robbery. He was found not guilty of robbery in the first degree.
His accomplice is still at large.
“Excellent police work, a strong prosecution, and cooperation between multiple law enforcement agencies combined on this case to track down a very dangerous criminal and bring him to justice,” Rice said.
- Robert F. Weiss, 17, of Rockville Centre, was arrested on Feb. 24 for criminal obstruction of breathing, third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief following a police investigation at his residence.
- Pearl Waxter, 69, of Long Beach was arrested on Feb. 27 and charged with assault and criminal possession of a knife with intent to use at National Boulevard.
- Adrian Rivera, 57, of Valley Stream, was arrested on March 5 at and charged with DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation on Merrick Road.
A complainant from S. Centre Avenue in Rockville Centre reported to police on On Feb. 21 that an unknown person(s) stole assorted jewelry valued at $39,580 from her residence sometime between Nov. 24 and Feb. 21.
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