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Crime Spree Hits Massapequa

Robberies, Burglary, Graffiti Incidents Plague the Area

The Seventh Squad reports the details of a robbery that occurred in Massapequa on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 8:30 p.m.

According to detectives, two male victims, ages 20 and 22, were walking through the parking lot at 850 Sunrise Highway, when they were approached by three suspects who demanded their cell phones. Both victims, detectives added, were threatened and punched. The suspects took the victims’ cell phones and fled the scene on BMX bicycles eastbound on Sunrise Highway.


All three suspects were described as black males, one was wearing sandals, one was wearing blue shorts and one was wearing Timberland boots, detectives said. There were no injuries.

Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Burglary on Brendan Avenue

Seventh Squad detectives are investigating a burglary that occurred in Massapequa Park on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 5:15 p.m.

Detectives report that a male subject, posing as a county surveyor, knocked on the door of a female victim, 83, located on Brendan Avenue and stated he was there in regards to a survey on her neighbor’s fence. The victim, detectives said, went into the rear yard with the subject, leaving her front door open. While in the yard, the subject had a conversation with an unknown person on his cell phone and then left the scene on foot, detectives added. The victim, detectives said, returned inside to find her bedroom had been ransacked and assorted jewelry was stolen.

No injuries were reported.

The subject is described as a white male in his late 50s, 5’8” tall, thin build, possible mustache, wearing a blue baseball cap with the word “COUNTY” on it and a blue denim jacket.

Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Criminal Mischief Arrest in Seaford

Seventh Squad detectives report the details of an arrest for a bias incident and graffiti that occurred in Seaford on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 11:45 p.m.

According to detectives, Michael Nielsen of Seaford, while walking down Ocean Ave., used purple spray paint to paint swastikas on five orange traffic cones. He then sprayed 17 more traffic cones with graffiti markings, detectives said. He continued down the road and sprayed graffiti markings on a wooden fence, two white PVC vinyl fences, four autos, a stonewall, a mailbox, and a front brick wall causing damage to numerous victims’ property in excess of $4,000, detectives added.

Seventh Precinct Police Officers located and arrested Nielsen on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 1:25 p.m. on Ocean Avenue. The defendant fit the description given of a person observed on a video surveillance, detectives said. He also had purple paint on his hands, jeans and sneakers.

Nielsen is being charged with (6) six counts of Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, (4) four counts of Criminal Mischief 4th Degree, and Aggravated Harassment 1st Degree. He was arraigned on Thursday, Oct. 22 in First District Court, Hempstead.

Bay Shore Bank Robbery Arrest

On Oct. 21, Suffolk County Police arrested an East Massapequa man for allegedly robbing the Roslyn Savings Bank branch in Bay Shore on April 2.

Major Case Investigations Unit detectives charged Kenneth Lawrence with one count of Robbery 3rd Degree.

He is presently incarcerated at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility on an unrelated charge and was arraigned on Oct. 21 in Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverhead.

Controlled Substance Arrest

The Narcotics/Vice Bureau reports the arrest of a Massapequa Park man, on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 2:35 p.m., for three counts of Sale and Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (B Felony).

According to detectives, defendant John Twarowski sold quantities of heroin to undercover detectives on three separate occasions, in Wantagh and Massapequa, between June and August 2009. He was arraigned on the above charges on Oct. 23 in First District Court, Hempstead.

Armed Robbery in North Massapequa

Eighth Squad detectives are investigating a robbery that occurred in North Massapequa on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 9:13 p.m.

Detectives report that two male subjects, armed with a semi-automatic handgun, entered Broadway Grocery located at 1141 N. Broadway, and demanded money from the cashier. The victim complied and the subjects, detectives said, fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash westbound on N. Virginia Ave.

No injuries were reported.

The subjects are described as white males, approximately 20 years of age, 6’ tall, thin build. Both subjects wore bandanas over their faces, one red and one dark in color. One subject wore a dark baseball cap on his head, while the other wore a dark gray hooded jacket.

Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Prostitution Arrest in North Massapequa

The Narcotics/Vice Squad reports the arrests of two Queens women for prostitution and performing illegal massages in North Massapequa on Monday, Oct. 26 at 1:50 p.m.

According to detectives, Sioim Sun and Yonghua Huang, both of Flushing Queens, did perform massage therapy on an undercover detective inside of Qigong Tuina/Accupressure, Accupuncture Bodywork located at 898A North Broadway. Sun offered to perform a sexual act, for an additional fee, detectives added.

Sun and Huang, who are not licensed to practice massage therapy, were placed under arrest at 3:15 p.m. Both defendants are being charged with Unauthorized Practice of a Crime and Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree. Sun is additionally being charged with Prostitution. They were arraigned on Tuesday, Oct. 27 in First District Court, Hempstead.