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A look at crimes in the towns surrounding New Hyde Park.

The following arrest information was supplied by several local police departments. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate convictions.

The Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department came to the aid of a elderly fall victim at 1890 Stewart Ave. on September 3 at 3:27 a.m. The victim fell from an unknown height and was transported to North Shore Manhasset and treated by the trauma team.

A  on Falmouth Avenue on September 5. According to police, the burglar entered through an unlocked door, but the homeowner awoke, screamed and frightened the suspect off.

The westbound lanes of the Northern State Parkway were closed at New Hyde Park Road (exit 26) for a police investigation on September 6 at 7:44 p.m. It was reopened at 12:16 a.m.

On September 5 at about 9:53 p.m. a man allegedly exposed himself in the vicinity of the Garden City Park Walgreens. He fled in a sedan.

East Williston

A car fire occurred at East Williston Avenue and Roslyn Road on September 4 at 1:34 p.m. Fire departments from East Williston and the Nassau County Police responded to the blaze which engulfed a mini van at the scene.


A Westbury man was arrested for falsely reporting an incident that occurred on September 3 at 5:42 a.m. in Bethpage. According to detectives, the defendant Marc J. Gatchalian, 27, was at the 7-11 located at 4220 Hempstead Turnpike when he called 911 and reported he had placed a bomb at that location and continued to state that he placed an additional bomb at the Nassau University Medical Center. Third Precinct Officers, along with Officers from the Canine Unit, responded to the hospital and performed an extensive search that resulted in no explosives being found.  Second Precinct officers responded to the 7-11 store, where they located Gatchalian and placed him under arrest. A search of the store was also negative for explosives. There were no injuries reported. Gatchalian is being charged with two counts of second degree falsely reporting an incident and third degree menacing. He was arraigned on September 4 at First District Court in Hempstead. 

A Westbury man was arrested at his residence on September 3 at 8:00 a.m. on charges of assault. According to detectives, Saul Carbajal, age 24 was at La Casa De Marisco bar at 795 Old Country Road Westbury when he became involved in an verbal altercation with the 23 year old male victim. The altercation escalated and the defendant threw a glass beer bottle which struck the victim and shattered causing a laceration to the victim’s forearm. The defendant then fled the scene on foot westbound on Old Country Road. The victim was removed to an area hospital where he was admitted and is listed in stable condition. After an investigation the defendant was located and taken into custody. Carbajal was charged with second degree assault and fourth degree possession of a dangerous weapon. He was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on September 4.

Two 22 year old male victims were robbed on September 3 at 5 a.m. while walking on Post Avenue in the vicinity of Prospect Avenue when they were approached by four unknown male black subjects. One subject demanded money from the victims and when they replied they had none he removed a metal chain from inside his clothing and struck both victims about the head, neck and chest. A second subject displayed a knife. The victims were able to run away from the subjects and transported themselves to the hospital where one was treated for non life threatening injuries. There were no proceeds and there is no further description of the subjects. Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

A car accident occurred in Old Westbury on September 4 at 1:47 p.m. at Glen Cove Road and I U Willets Road. An ambulance was requested to the scene.

A Westbury man was arrested for burglary in Westbury on September 6 at 7:11 p.m. According to detectives, Isiah Johnson, 20, was observed smoking a marijuana cigarette in plain view in a public place by plain clothes officers from the third precinct and arrested soon after with the assistance of the K-9 Unit. Following an investigation by the Third Squad detectives Johnson was linked to at least seven occupied burglaries in the New Cassel and Westbury area that occurred between July 21 and September 3.  ohnson is being charged with fifth degree criminal possession of marijuana and seven counts of second degree burglary. He was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on September 8. 

Carle Place

A robbery at knife point occurred on Cherry Lane on September 1 at 10:31 p.m. Police are looking for a male and female suspect and report that the incident possibly took place at Roslyn High School in the sixth precinct.

Two Roslyn Heights men and a Carle Place woman were arrested for a robbery that occurred in Carle Place on September 1 at 11:20 p.m. According to detectives, a 21 year old male victim was walking on Milburn Lane in East Hills when he was approached by a silver BMW occupied by Kristopher Novinski, age 23,  Baran Aydin, age 23, and Samara Oliveira, age 20. Defendant Novinski, while seated in the passenger seat of the vehicle, displayed a knife and demanded money from victim. After surrendering an unknown amount of U.S. currency the victim reached into the auto attempting to retrieve it. Defendant Oliveira who was seated in the rear of the vehicle then began to strike the victim in the face. The vehicle then fled the scene. Third Precinct police officers responded and a notification was broadcast. The vehicle and defendants were located on Cherry Lane and the defendants were taken into custody. The proceeds and weapon were not recovered. The victim, who sustained contusions to his face, refused medical assistance. Defendant Novinski was found to be in possession of several pills believed to be Oxycodone. All defendants were charged with first degree robbery. In addition, Novinski was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. They were arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on September 2.

An overturned auto was reported near the interchange of the Meadowbrook Parkway and the eastbound side of the Northern State Parkway on September 5 at 12:07 p.m. State troopers and fire department responded to the scene.


Three people were arrested on grand larceny charges on September 6 at 10:15 a.m. in Manhasset. According to detectives, Shane Hercules, 20, Jamal Hill, 23, and a minor, all of Brooklyn, went to the U.S. Post Office located at 28 Maple Place in Manhasset and illegally purchased two money orders totaling $1,580 using the ATM card of another person. Through further investigation it was discovered that the defendants along with others were involved in this scheme to defraud since 2011 with a total loss of over $81,000 to banks including but not limited to Chase Bank, Bank of America and Wells Fargo. The investigation is ongoing. All three defendants are charged with second degree grand larceny and first degree defraud.  Additionally Bovell is charged with first degree identity theft. They were arraigned on September 7 at First District Court in Hempstead. 

Franklin Square

A 66 year old male victim was robbed on September 3 at 11:15 a.m. in the vicinity of Catherine Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square when he was approached by an unknown male Hispanic in his 30’s, 5’06” tall, thin build, wearing a black tee shirt and blue jeans. The subject asked for a match and when the victim reached for it the subject pulled his head back and cut his face with a razor. The victim surrendered an unknown amount of U.S. currency and the subject also grabbed a gold chain with pendant from the victim’s neck. The subject fled the scene on foot southbound on Catherine Avenue. The victim refused medical assistance at the scene. Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

A robbery occurred on September 4 at 3:12 p.m. in Franklin Square. According to detectives, a male white in his 30’s, about 5’8” tall with a thin build, shoulder length brown hair, wearing a camouflage t-shirt, a green hooded jacket, black jeans and white sneakers, entered Citibank, 670 Franklin Avenue. The subject approached a bank teller and verbally demanded money while displaying a handgun. After obtaining an undetermined amount of U.S. currency the subject fled out of a rear door into the parking lot. He was last seen heading northbound into the creek bed behind the CVS store. Detectives request anyone with information regarding this Robbery to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.


Two Queens men have been arrested in connection with a grand larceny that occurred in Hicksville on September 1 at 1:10 p.m. According to detectives, Patrick Robles, 33, and Michael Thomae, 25, were observed on surveillance cameras at the Stop & Shop located at 530 Old Country Road in Hicksville filling a shopping cart with over one thousand dollars of merchandise and then exiting the store without making any payment. Robles and Thomae were stopped outside of the store by loss prevention officers and subsequently arrested by responding police officers after attempting to flee from the scene. Following an investigation by the Second Squad Robles and Thomae were linked to additional grand larcenies that occurred in Nassau County. Robles is being charged with four counts of fourth degree grand larceny, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marihuana and four counts of petit larceny. Thomae is being charged with first degree reckless endangerment, four counts of fourth degree grand larceny, four counts of petit larceny and five violations of the vehicle and traffic law. Both men were arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on September 2.

A New Jersey man was arrested for assault of police officers that occurred on September 6 at 6 p.m. According to detectives, Lui Lee, 48, of Matawan, New Jersey shattered the rear window of a vehicle that was parked at the Whole Foods Market parking lot located at 429 North Broadway in Jericho and removed several items from the vehicle including a laptop computer, a tablet computer and a wallet. The 43-year old victim discovered the theft when he returned to his vehicle and notified the police. Responding officers were later able to locate Lee and the missing property with the assistance of the victim. The officers subsequently attempted to arrest Lee and he intentionally drove a 2013 Ford Mustang into one of them causing the officer to sustain injuries to both ankles. Lee then fled from the scene in that vehicle and was next stopped by other responding officers. Lee violently struggled with those officers causing one of them to sustain lacerations to both hands before he was finally restrained and arrested. 

Lee is being charged with two counts of second degree assault, two counts of criminal mischief, fourth degree grand larceny, resisting arrest and possession of burglar’s tools. He was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on September 7.

Garden City detectives observed several persons in one of the dugouts at on September 2. Upon closer inspection, they observed one of the persons in the dugout, a male 18-year-old from West Hempstead, to be in possession of a bag of alleged marijuana. He was arrested and charged with marijuana possession.

Officer Petraglia and other officers responded to the  on Old Country Road for a fight. Upon arrival, it was determined that two females attending a party were involved in a fight with each other when one of them stabbed the other in the back with a broken piece of glass. The subject, a female 35-year-old from Brentwood, then stabbed a male victim in the wrist as he tried to break up the fight. Both victims, a female 24-year-old and a male 33-year-old, both from Brentwood, received lacerations and were transported to Winthrop-University Hospital for treatment. The subject was arrested and charged with two counts of felony assault and for criminal possession of a weapon.

A credit card swipe machine was stolen from the  on Franklin Avenue on September 4.

Property was taken from a vehicle parked on Langley Avenue in West Hempstead sometime between August 28-29.

Items were also stolen from a vehicle parked on Colony Street in West Hempstead on August 30.


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