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Anti-Crime Cops Nab Armed Robbers

By Joan Ward George

Anti-Crime Cops
Nab Armed Robbers

Four teenage residents of St. John’s Home for Boys were arrested last Tuesday, November 28, and charged with allegedly holding up a 15 year old Rockaway Park resident at gunpoint.

Dwayn Murray, 16, Robert Johnson, 17, Kenneth Brown, 18, and Melvin Alston, 16, have all been charged, as adults, for first degree robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property.

The teen victim, according to police, was on his way to a store at approximately 8:30 p.m. when four black teens approached him and demanded that he turn over his portable CD player. Police said that the four perps were in possession of a small black handgun, which they pointed at their intended victim, at the time of the alleged robbery.

According to Captain John Miller, commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, the anti-crime robbery unit, assigned to this precinct, "jumped right on the call." The four perps were sighted by the anti-crime police at Beach 98 street and Rockaway freeway just a brief time after the incident took place. They were found to be in possession of the stolen CD player, but the gun was not recovered.

All four have been removed from St. John’s and remanded to custody in an adult corrections facility while awaiting trail. Brown’s bail is set at $75,000; while Johnson, Murray, and Alston each received $25,000 bail. Their trial date is anticipated to be in mid-December.

Local crime prevention police officers encourage teenagers and adults alike, especially during the pre-holiday season, not to openly display items such as CD’s, gold or silver jewelry or anything that may be easily grabbed by a would-be robber.

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