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Cops: Men charged in Hempstead robbery spree

Gerard Brown (L) and Nicholas McNeil (R) are charged in connection with an armed-robbery spree in Hempstead.
Gerard Brown (L) and Nicholas McNeil (R) are charged in connection with an armed-robbery spree in Hempstead.
Photo Credit: Nassau County Police Dept.

Two men have been arrested and stand accused of terrorizing businesses in Hempstead for nearly six months by allegedly committing more than 10 robberies and police said many were at gunpoint, according to a Feb. 6 police news release.

Gerard Brown, 26, of Roosevelt, and Nicholas McNeil, 26, of Hempstead, are each charged with 10 counts of first-degree robbery after they were arrested Tuesday night by Nassau County Police Robbery Squad detectives, Third Squad detectives and Hempstead police officers.

The armed robberies, law enforcement officials said, occurred since September 2013 and the latest reported incident was earlier this week. The men are accused of committing some of the robberies together, but detectives said they also both struck alone and often repeatedly hit the same businesses.

One of those targeted businesses, a Dunkin’ Donuts on Peninsula Boulevard, was targeted three times in the spree. Police said the men robbed the store together on Oct. 22 and allege McNeil returned on Nov. 29 to commit another robbery, while Brown came back on Dec. 4 to rob them again.

A nearby Sunoco gas station and a local Deli were also repeat targets, cops said. The men allegedly robbed a gas station attendant at gunpoint at a station on Peninsula Boulevard on Sept. 23 and again on Nov. 19. They also allegedly hit the Village Express Deli on South Franklin Street on Oct. 24, Jan. 23 and Feb. 3.

Detectives allege the men also committed robberies at a Mobil gas station on Peninsula Boulevard on Nov. 12, a GameStop location on Fulton Avenue on Dec. 2, and a Citgo gas station along Baldwin Road on Dec. 9.

In every incident, they fled with an unknown amount of cash, cops said. In some of the cases, according to police, the duo would also take the victim’s cell phone.

McNeil faced a judge Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead and was ordered held without bail. Brown is awaiting arraignment Thursday morning.

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