Cops: Freeport Man, Nikolas Balalaos, 26, Charged with Burglary; Foot Pursuit with Detectives Ends in Canal
July 19, 2015
LONG ISLAND, NY – Nassau County Police have arrested a Freeport man for Burglary on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 11:50 A.M. in Freeport.
According to detectives, while on an unrelated investigation in the Freeport area, First Squad detectives observed Nikolas Balalaos, 26, of Freeport, walking at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Westend Avenue. One of the detectives recognized Balalaos as the suspect from a burglary at DQ Bar, located at 382 Atlantic Avenue in Freeport, which occurred on Saturday, April 11, 2015.
Nikolas Balalaos, 26, of Freeport, was charged with Burglary 3rd degree. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
The detectives attempted to stop the suspect and he fled on foot initiating a foot pursuit. The suspect was located swimming in a canal between Anchor Street and Dock Drive, swimming southbound towards Baldwin Bay. A civilian boat owner provided assistance, transporting the detectives in his boat. The detectives were able to take the suspect into custody in the rear of 99 Eastern Boulevard without incident. No injuries were reported.
Balalaos is charged with Burglary 3rd degree. Additionally it was discovered Balalaos had an open Nassau County warrant for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. He will be arraigned on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at First District Court in Hempstead.
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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