2010-10-15 / Front Page

Broad Channel Drug-Stealer Busted

By Howard Schwach
A local man who indicated that he had a gun and demanded prescription medication at two local pharmacies was busted last week after police tracked him down to his Broad Channel home.

Minami is taken from his Broad Channel home by police officers and detectives from the 100 Precinct. Minami is taken from his Broad Channel home by police officers and detectives from the 100 Precinct. Court documents supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown allege that Andrew Minami, 22, of 11 West 20 Road in Broad Channel, first went to the Duane Reade Pharmacy at Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

Minami simulated a gun in his pocket and passed a note to a clerk behind the counter asking for drugs.

The clerk refused to give him anything, local sources say, and he fled.

At 9:30 a.m. on October 8, about a half hour after he left Duane Reade, Minami allegedly showed up at the CVS Pharmacy in the Dayton Plaza Shopping Center on Beach 88 Street.

Court documents say that he passed clerk Michelle Harris a note written on the back of a matchbook. The note said, “I have a gun. Put the Xanax in a bag and hurry the f—-k up.”

When Harris began to move away from the counter, Minami yelled, “Give me the f———n’ drugs or I’ll shoot you.” Harris told police that Minami put his hand into his sleeve where he appeared to have a weapon.

Harris quickly gave him a bottle of Xanax, a drug used by many addicts to get high.

The drug-stealer then fled the store.

Harris called police and described the thug to responding police officers.

Armed with the description, police officers and detectives from the 100 Precinct collared Minami at his home.

Police found the matchbook with the note asking for the drugs in Minami’s pocket, according to court papers. The bottle of Xanax was found in his home.

Minami was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on October 9, charged with robbery in the second degree, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He was held on $30,000 bail for his next hearing, which is set for October 22.

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