Sources report that the suspects, Nick Marothiere, age 22, of 55 10th Avenue, and James Patron III, 21, of 91 Wyman Avenue, both Huntington Station, entered Kennedy Fried Chicken, located at 182 Depot Road, Huntington Station at approximately 10:30 p.m. and approached an employee behind the service counter. As one of the subjects displayed a gun and demanded money, the other grabbed the victim and pushed him to the floor. The suspects removed an undetermined amount of cash from the pants pocket of the victim and fled.
Responding police officers Wayne Kelly and Matthew Angelo located both subjects a short time later in front of 45 Caldwell St. in Huntington Station. Police Officer John Mallia from the Canine Unit and his partner, Blue, searched the area and recovered the handgun used in the robbery.
After further investigation, Second Squad detectives charged Marothiere with Robbery 1st Degree, Criminal Use of a Firearm 1st Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree. Patron was charged with Robbery 1st Degree.
A check of Town of Huntington records indicates that 91 Wyman Ave., Huntington Station is a four-family dwelling owned by Community Properties, LP (http://tohpropertyinfo.huntingtonny.gov/taxreceiver/report.asp?ID=17998 , a Northport firm frequently referenced in the ongoing debate about housing blight in Huntington Station.
Both men are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Sunday, January 13, 2013.
The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact the Second Squad at 631-854-8252 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
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