A Hempstead man was sentenced Wednesday to serve 12 years in prison after being convicted of robbing two women at gunpoint in a Westbury parking lot, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.
Randy Summerville, 33, faced a judge Dec. 11 to be sentenced to the upstate prison time after a Nassau County jury found him guilty in March of first-degree, second-degree and third-degree robbery, as well as third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
"These brazen gunpoint robberies in broad daylight prove just how dangerous Mr. Summerville is and this sentence will ensure that the public will be safe from him for a significant amount of time," Rice said after the sentencing on Wednesday.
Prosecutors said Summerville approached a woman as she was walking to her car in the parking lot of Costco in Westbury. As the woman opened her car, he allegedly came behind her, pushed her into the vehicle and grabbed her pocketbook from the passenger seat. During the April 2012 incident, he also allegedly pointed a gun at the victim while trying to snatch another handbag she was holding with the strap.
A woman approached Summerville after the purse snatching, but soon became his second victim when Summerville pointed his gun at her, prosecutors said. Before he jumped into a waiting vehicle, Summerville grabbed the woman’s purse when she dropped it on the ground, the district attorney’s office said.
The vehicle was found in the parking lot of the Source Mall in Westbury. When Nassau County police officers arrived, they spotted Summerville and the car’s driver, 22-year-old Roy Garrett, walking together in the mall. Authorities said Summerville took off on foot when the officer approached. He was arrested the next day at his home.
Garrett, who was arrested at the mall, has since pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted robbery and was sentenced to serve three years in prison.
During Summerville’s trial, his attorney argued that he was in fact the driver of the car and had been unaware of the robberies. He was acquitted of two counts of first-degree robbery and a charge of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.