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Cops: North Babylon men charged in armed sneaker robbery

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Two North Babylon men are facing armed robbery charges for allegedly robbed a teenager at gunpoint after using a sneaker sale as a way to lure the victim, Nassau County police said on Dec. 28.

The suspects – 16-year-old Moeek Smalls and 20-year-old Preshod McCoy – remain behind bars Sunday in lieu of $25,000 bail after being charged with first-degree and second-degree robbery and first-degree criminal use of a firearm. If convicted, they each face up to 25 years in state prison.

Police said the charges stem from an alleged armed robbery of a 16-year-old male victim in Massapequa Park on the evening of Dec. 8.

According to detectives, Smalls and McCoy told the victim that they had a pair of sneakers for sale and then arranged to meet the unidentified teenager on Maple Street. Police said the victim, who hopped into the suspects’ car, became wary when he saw the sneakers were not the same style as the pair he had intended on purchasing.

As the victim tried to exit the vehicle, Smalls pulled out a gun and “pressed it against [the victim’s] neck” while demanding cash, police said. The two men began to struggle and the victim was able to exit the car uninjured.

Police said the victim dropped his iPhone during the struggle and demanded that the suspects return it to him. Smalls and McCoy reportedly refused and fled the scene, according to a police news release. Police did not say if they were able to recover the iPhone after the arrests.

Smalls was arrested earlier this month, while McCoy was arrested Friday.

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