Three arrested after theft, chase: cops


Police arrested three people on Monday after they allegedly broke into a Mineola residence, assaulted and robbed a man and attempted to flee by car, police said.

The arrest, police said, followed a chase through the streets of Mineola that continued onto the Long Island Expressway and ended when the car driven by one of robbers collided with a livery cab after exiting on Route 106/107.

Arlene Morel, 22, of Bayshore; Mark Coleman, 22, of Selden; and Malik Taylor, 21, of Medford were each charged with burglary 1st degree, two counts of robbery 2nd degree, grand larceny 2nd degree, and conspiracy 4th degree. 

Coleman was also charged with violation of parole and Taylor with reckless endangerment 1st degree, reckless endangerment, and multiple vehicle and traffic law violations.

Police said Morel called the victim before the assault to say she would be coming over to visit him at his residence at 101 Lincoln Ave. 

When she got there, police said, Taylor and Coleman rushed in and punched and kicked the man in the torso and head.

The three then stole a safe owned by the victim, fleeing in a black Audi, northbound on Willis Avenue toward Jericho Turnpike.

Police said that when confronted by police the three refused to stop and the police took off in pursuit.

During the pursuit, the defendants collided with two police vehicles causing minor damages before continuing, police said. 

The police followed the car onto the Long Island Expressway where it exited on Route 106/107 and collided with a livery cab.

The three were placed under arrest and no injuries were reported after the collision.

The car, with the safe inside, is currently being held by police awaiting a search warrant. 

The three were arraigned on Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

The assault victim refused medical treatment for minor injuries, police said.


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