The Third Squad reports an Arrest that occurred on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at 3:57pm in East Garden City.According to Detectives, Officers responded to the Avalon Apartment Complex located at 604 Mitchel Field Way for a domestic disturbance. Defendant Devon Mertzel, 24, was involved in a verbal argument with the female victim, 20, that escalated to a physical altercation resulting in the Defendant forcefully taking her I-Phone and MacBook laptop. Defendant Mertzel then began to kick the victim in the stomach, bite her left hand and struck her with the back of his hand across her face. The victim suffered from substantial pain, bruising and lacerations. Subsequent to the investigation, Officers observed an unloaded Smith & Wesson handgun in plain sight. The victim was evaluated and treated at the scene by a Police Medic.Defendant Devon Mertzel is charged with Robbery 2nd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th Degree. He will be arraigned on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 in First District Court 99 Main Street Hempstead.