(Hempstead, NY) On Saturday, January 04, 2014, a third teen wanted in connection with numerous robberies was apprehended in Kennedy Park, Hempstead.
According to Nassau County detectives, on Monday, November 25, 2013, at 6:10 P.M. Nicholas Gardner, Deshawn Martin, and Cecil Brothers, all 17 years of age and from Hempstead, approached a male victim, 53 years old, on the side of 120 Greenwich Street.
From left to right: Nicholas Gardner, Cecil Brothers and Deshawn Martin all 17 years of age and from Hempstead. Photo credit: NCPD.
The three defendants knocked the victim to the ground while punching and kicking him, causing lacerations and contusions before taking his wallet containing an undisclosed amount of cash. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries.
At 7:00 P.M. on the same day, Hempstead Police were assigned to a second call where a male victim, 37, was approached by Gardner at 221 Jerusalem Avenue. Gardner punched the victim in the face before taking the victims keys and fleeing the scene. During the investigation of this Robbery, defendants Martin and Brothers were identified as being involved in the earlier incident and were placed under arrest without incident both charged with Robbery 1st degree, two counts of Robbery 2nd degree and Assault 2nd degree.
On Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:40 P.M. Gardner approached a male victim, 39, at Henry Street and Albemarle Avenue and attempted to take his bicycle. He punched the victim in the face causing a contusion before fleeing the scene, according to the report.
Again on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 4:20 P.M., Nicholas Gardner approached another male victim, 33, in front of 386 Fulton Avenue, punched him in the head and mouth and demanded money.
This time, the victim was able to run from the defendants and find a Hempstead police vehicle and gave a description to the officer who located a second victim in the parking lot of 400 Fulton Avenue where Gardner had attempted to rob a second male victim, 76, by pushing him to the ground, punching and kicking him causing contusions to his face. He fled from the scene on foot.
On Saturday, January 04, 2014 at 2:45 P.M. the defendant was located in Kennedy Park in Hempstead and placed under arrest without incident.
Gardner is charged with Robbery 1st degree, five counts of Robbery 2nd degree, four counts of Robbery 2nd degree (Attempt) and four counts of Assault 2nd degree. He will be arraigned on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at First District Court in Hempstead.
All of the victims in these cases were male Hispanic and Gardner is charged with biased crimes. Detectives ask anyone with information about these crimes or any similar crimes to contact Nassau County Police Third Squad at 516-573-6353. All callers will remain anonymous.