Nassau Police Make Second Arrest in CVS Shoplifting Incident in East Rockaway; Escalated Into Car-Jacking
June 30, 2015
LONG ISLAND, NY – Nassau County police have arrested a 50 year old man for a Robbery that occurred on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm in East Rockaway.
According to police, the defendant Alexander Wachmyanin, 50, while inside CVS at 488 Ocean Avenue, was observed shoplifting store merchandise. After leaving without paying, the store manager, assisted by another employee, chased the defendant westbound on Prospect Avenue. A brief struggle ensued over the stolen property which was eventually recovered by the store manager.
Wachmyanin, who continued to flee, was again followed on Prospect Avenue. He confronted a female victim who was about to enter her running car, pushed her out of the way and jumped into the vehicle. Other witnesses, who observed what had transpired, ran to her aide and attempted to pull him from the car. Wachmyanin then put the car into reverse, struck a parked vehicle directly behind him, went forward, driving up onto and across the victim’s lawn and continued eastbound in the victim’s gray 2010 Toyota Corolla, N.Y.
Alexander Wachmyanin, 50, was charged with two counts of Robbery 2nd degree, two counts of Grand Larceny and three counts of Petit Larceny. He was scheduled to be arraigned today, Monday, June 29, 2015 in First District Court, Hempstead.
According to detectives, upon receiving forensic evidence and during a continued investigation the defendant was arrested on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 12:46 p.m. in front of 99 Terrace Avenue in Hempstead. Wachmyanin is being charged with two counts of Robbery 2nd degree, two counts of Grand Larceny and three counts of Petit Larceny. He was scheduled to be arraigned today, Monday, June 29, 2015 in First District Court, Hempstead.
The Nassau County District Attorney’s office dropped all charges against an initial subject David Melis who was charged based on numerous witness identifications and for incidents that occurred at other CVS locations on April 14, 2015.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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