Two men were arrested Thursday night after they allegedly approached a woman with a gun and a machete, demanded her pocketbook and then fled the scene to be later apprehended by a police dog, according to a Nassau County police news release.
Jose Pena, 22, of Westbury and Jose Francia, 20, of New Cassel, are due to be arraigned Aug. 30 on a slew of robbery and weapons charges at First District Court in Hempstead.
Police said the two men approached the victims – a man and a woman – as the couple exited La Frontera Deli and Mini Market at 427 Maple Ave. in Westbury at 11:51 p.m. on Thursday.
Cops allege the two men brandished weapons – Pena with a machete and Francia with a handgun – as they demanded property from the victims. Detectives believe Francia grabbed the woman’s pocketbook from her shoulder before the two fled on foot.
Cops called in for the canine unit and a police dog was able to locate the two men hiding in the side yard of a home on Dover Street. Emergency Services Unit officers canvassed the scene and found a .38 caliber handgun and the machete under a bush near where the men were hiding. Authorities also recovered the stolen property.
Police charged Pena with first-degree robbery and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Francia was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree criminal use of a firearm and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.