The Third Squad reports the arrest of two men for Robbery that occurred on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 12:30 a.m. in East Meadow.
According to detectives, a female victim, 26 years of age, was sitting in her vehicle outside her home on Windsor Gate Drive, North Hills at 1:10 a.m. when defendant Jose Franco, 17 of 103 Glenn Court, Farmingdale approached her driver’s side window and engaged her in conversation. He then produced a pocket knife, placed it against her chest while he grabbed her pocketbook. The subject fled in a red 2005 Dodge Neon, driven by defendant Medardo Gomez-Soriano, 16 of 75 24th Street, Copiague. A description of the vehicle and defendants was transmitted to Third Precinct officers. The vehicle was observed going thru a red traffic light at Stewart Avenue and Merrick Road, Westbury and proceeded south on Park Avenue in Eisenhower Park. The vehicle then collided with another vehicle as it exited the park at Hempstead Turnpike. The officers placed both defendants under arrest at the scene of the accident. No injuries were reported as a result of the collision. The investigation determined that the Dodge was reported stolen from Suffolk County earlier on July 19, 2016. It was also involved in two leaving the scene of an accident, one in Farmingdale at 8:50 p.m. on July 19, 2016 and a second one a short time later in Westbury. The victim’s pocketbook was recovered from the vehicle. Jose Franco gave two false names during the investigation before being properly identified
Franco is charged with Robbery 1st degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Prop 3rd degree, Petit Larceny, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon 4th degree, two counts of False Personation, Leaving the scene of auto accident.
Gomez-Soriano is charged with Robbery 1st degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree, Petit Larceny, Unlawful Fleeing of a Police Officer 3rd degree, Reckless Driving, and multiple vehicle and traffic violations.
Both defendants will be arraigned on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at First District Court in Hempstead.