Three men were arrested after a violent robbery in Elmont that left the 22-year-old male victim in a creek, Nassau County police said.
Nassau detectives said that the victim was standing on Bell Street, near Bishop Place in Elmont smoking a cigarette, when he was approached by the three men – 24-year-old Brandon Dietrich of Smithtown, 25-year-old Brian Nenos of Smithtown, and 24-year-old Eric Broecker of Kings Park, all of whom were inside a 2002 Infinity.
Dietrich and Broecker exited the vehicle and began to punch and kick the victim, before striking him with a hammer numerous times, cops said. After allegedly stealing the victim’s iPhone, watch, car keys, and cash, the trio dragged the victim on the ground and threw him into a creek on Bell Street, police said.
Authorities said the suspects then left the victim lying in the creek and got back into their car and fled. The victim was able to return to his home and called police.
After an extensive search of the area by Fourth Precinct officers, the vehicle and all three suspects were apprehended at Meacham and Sweetman avenues in Elmont around 10:35 p.m.
Police recovered the hammer and stolen items in the vehicle. The victim was treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspects are not newcomers to the criminal justice system. According to a Patch.com report, Nenos was charged in 2011 with grand larceny, following an arrest for stealing a Cartier ring from a home in Commack, NY. Court records indicate that Dietrich has four open criminal cases in Suffolk County.
Dietrich, Broecker, and Nenos were charged with first-degree robbery and are scheduled to be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.
UPDATE [September 16, 2012 3:15 p.m.]: Brandon Dietrich, Eric Broecker, and Brian Nenos were arraigned earlier today at Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead. According to court records, a judge issued a Temporary Order of Protection against all three defendants – they remain in custody. Broecker, Dietrich, and Nenos have all been charged with Robbery in the First Degree, a Class B Felony. Dietrich and Nenos are held in lieu of $50,000.00 cash bail or bond. Broecker has also not posted bail, which was set at $25,000.00. If convicted, they each could serve up to 25 years in prison.
Attorney information for the defendants was not immediately available. They are all due back in court on Wednesday, September 19th.