Three Long Island teenagers have been arrested and charged in connection with two robberies that occurred on the Stony Brook University campus last week, university officials announced Friday.
The three teens, all 16 years old, reside in communities around the school. Officials did not disclose their identities and University Police Chief Robert Lenahan said the teens had “no University affiliation.”
University police first responded to a call of an armed robbery at 10:20 p.m. on Sept. 1. In that incident, a residential student called 911 to report being approached by a group of men and robbed at knifepoint. The assailants reportedly threatened the student with a knife before stealing his wallet and cellphone.
The second incident – which cops probed as an attempted robbery – occurred at 12:50 a.m. on Sept. 2 in the same location along the bike path near the college’s athletic fields. During the robbery attempt, three male residential students were walking to a nearby dorm when they were approached by two other men, police said at the time. One of the assailants reportedly produced “what [the victims] described to be an ‘airsoft pistol’ and demanded money from them,” university officials said in a campus alert. The victims reportedly told the assailants that they had no property and the suspects fled on foot in an unknown direction. Police said the two men were wearing ski masks.
Lenahan said the arrests came after a “comprehensive investigation” by University Police detectives.
Two of the teens were charged with second-degree robbery and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. A third assailant was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
Police said two of the teens lived in East Setauket and the third lived in Setauket.
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