Police: Officer Caught Suspects In Getaway Vehicle

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police on Long Island have arrested three men in connection with a robbery early Sunday in Hempstead.

A 19-year-old man was walking his girlfriend to her car parked on Main Street in Hempstead around 3 a.m. Sunday, when the suspects got out of a black Dodge Charger and approached them, Nassau County police said.

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One of the suspects, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt and carrying a black handgun, ordered the victim to empty his pockets. The other suspect, was also wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, and the third a blue hooded sweat shirt, police said.

All three suspects covered their faces with black masks.

The suspects made off with a Samsung cell phone, a gold chain, and a Gucci belt from the victim. All three then ran back to the Charger and sped off north on Franklin Avenue.

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But they didn’t get far, police said. An officer responding to the area after hearing a description pulled over the Charger at Greenwich Street and Flint Avenue and arrested all three suspects.

Bashirou Ba, 19; Martin Francois, 20; and Diquan Williams, 19, were all charged with robbery and possession of a dangerous weapon, police said.

They were due for an arraignment in Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead on Monday.

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