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King Kullen Robbery Ends in Arrest And Confession

According to the Glen Cove Police Department, on July 6, at approximately 2 p.m., a 61-year-old male entered the King Kullen Supermarket on Forest Avenue, and attempted to commit a robbery.

According to police, the defendant, Lorenzo B. Knight, a Glen Cove resident, approached the courtesy counter, placed a black mask over his face, displayed a black colored handgun and allegedly demanded cash from a female store employee. The frightened cashier seeing the gun, and fearing for her safety, screamed and ran behind a wall. The would-be robber then ran from the store empty handed in an unknown direction of travel. Store personnel called 911 with a detailed description of the robber and responding officers began searching the area. A Nassau County Aviation Unit and K-9 Unit were requested by the Glen Cove Police, and assisted with the search.

In the meantime, Glen Cove Lieutenant Ralph Bruschini studied the store’s surveillance video in an effort for a more detailed description of the assailant. New information was then broadcast to searching officers. A little less than two hours after the attempted crime, Police Officer Eddy Linares - recently hired at the June 22 city council meeting - noticed a person operating a vehicle on Glen Cove Avenue who fit the description. Officer Linares radioed for assistance and conducted a vehicle stop near the Hess gas station.

Evidence linking the driver of the vehicle to the crime was obtained, police said, including a BB pistol and Knight was placed under arrest. Subsequently, police reported that a full confession was obtained by Glen Cove Detectives Karl Van Allen and Joseph Graziosi. Knight was charged with Attempted Robbery, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Menacing, and was arraigned in First District Criminal Court.  

Chief of Police William Whitton commented that a seamless investigation was conducted by all, which resulted in the quick apprehension of a potentially dangerous person with a long criminal history. Chief Whitton also praised the excellent skills of observation of one his newest officers, Eddy Linares.  

“Officer Linares has really impressed me thus far, and I believe the community will benefit from his professionalism.” Officer Linares spent 6 years with NYPD before joining the ranks of GCPD.