Elizar Rodas, 21, of 13 Frederick Ave., will be arraigned Aug. 30 on two counts of third-degree attempted robbery. He will appear at First District Court in Hempstead.
Police allege Rodas attempted to rob a 46-year-old woman and her 11-year-old daughter on N. Hewlett Avenue near Margaret Boulevard in Merrick at 8:25 p.m. on Thursday. According to detectives, Rodas was on a bicycle when he approached the mother and daughter, who were walking on the street. He allegedly attempted to grab an iPod touch from the preteen, but she was able to keep it in her hand, cops said.
He then tried to take the woman’s cell phone, but was again unsuccessful, police said. The victims called 911 as he fled on his bicycle. No injuries were reported.
Patrol officers caught up with Rodas – who was still riding his bicycle – near 1402 Merrick Avenue. He was arrested without incident.