A North Valley Stream man was arrested Friday on robbery, assault and firearms charges after Nassau County police said he was caught in the act allegedly attempting to commit a gunpoint robbery.
Michael Davidson, 19, of 15 Oliver Avenue, remains jailed Friday evening on $150,000 bail after an arraignment July 5 at First District Court in Hempstead.
Cops said he and an accomplice are responsible for a string of gunpoint robberies that all occurred late Thursday night into early Friday morning in Valley Stream. In the first incident, the two are accused of approached two 18-year-olds on Sunset Road at 11:16 p.m. While Davidson displayed the gun, his alleged accomplice “forcibly removed the victim’s cell phones,” police said. The two were seen jumping into a white Suzuki SIV and fleeing toward Fletcher Avenue.
Just a short time later, at 11:45 p.m., cops said Davidson and his accomplice approached another two victims and again displayed guns. They tried to make away with the property from the victims, but received nothing when the people ran away.
Detectives said the two suspects stayed at that location and demanded a cell phone from a 22-year-old man, a short time later. In that robbery, Davidson grabbed the victim’s cell phone from his pocket while his alleged accomplice struck the man in the face, police said. They then ran on foot in an unknown direction.
Davidson was caught at 11:59 p.m., when a Fourth Precinct patrol sergeant reportedly interrupted him and the still sought suspect while they were “attempting a robbery” at the intersection of Merrick Road and North Waldinger Avenue. The two ran from the scene as police approached and cops said Davidson was observed “discarding a handgun” on the front lawn of a home on North Montgomery Street. The weapon, a .380 caliber handgun, was recovered later.
The sergeant attempted to apprehend Davidson at North Montgomery Street and Martense Avenue, but a struggle ensued and the sergeant sustained an injury to his right knew on the chase. Another officer suffered a broken finger on his left hand during the struggle. Davidson was eventually taken into custody and the two officers were treated and released from an area hospital.
Davidson was charged with four counts of second-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree assault and second-degree criminal use of a firearm. Police are still actively searching for his accomplice.
Anyone who may have fallen victim to similar robberies on North Waldinger Avenue is urged to call the Nassau Robbery Squad at 516-573-8040.