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Trio Charged with Attempted Robbery near Subway

The incident occurred on Boundary Avenue, police said.

Three teens were arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with attempted robbery of a cell phone near a Farmingdale Subway restaurant, according to Nassau County Police.

Eighth Squad detectives report that 18-year-old Simon Distefano, of North Massapequa, 17-year-old Nicholas Lipari, of South Farmingdale and 18-year-old Steven Ryan, of South Farmingdale, attempted to forcibly take a smartphone from an 18-year old male victim near the restaurant located at 47 Boundary Avenue.

The victim saw the trio arriving together in a metallic colored Nissan Altima before two of the teens got out of the car and confronted him, cops said. One allegedly displayed what appeared to be a black semi-automatic pistol, which later turned out to be a BB gun, police said.  

The other displayed what appeared to be an electroshock weapon, which turned out to be a novelty item, that produces only minor shocks, police said.

They allegedly menaced the victim, forced him into the car and attempted to hold him down and take his smartphone, according to police.

After the victim was able to free himself, he fled and notified police, who pursued the subjects through South Farmingdale. Responding officers made the arrests at 3:10 p.m.

The teens told cops the victim owed them some money, according to police.

Distefano, Lipari and Ryan are charged with attempted robbery in the second degree. 

Ed Robinson contributed to this report.

chees hard February 17, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Yall are so smart..why don't you people find something better to do then bash a couple teens who made the wrong decision...it wasn't a real gun and if the kid thought it was he should get his eyes checked I'm sure there was no actual force used to hold the "victim"..so once again find something better to do with your day have a good one
Christina Montanaro February 18, 2012 at 09:19 PM
The shame of all this is our youth think nothing of resorting to physical means in order to obtain something that may or may not have been owed them. And we as observers and readers become outraged and write things just as ridiculous as this crime. Many readers who commented did not pay attention to what facts were submitted : iIt was not a pistol it was bb gun it wasn't a stun gun but a novelty item with minimal injury so when you decide to comment make sure to use the facts appropriately and correctly! You are assuming someone left fire arms accessable and aomeone is selling illegal iitems to minors ( mind you only one was 17 the other 2 were 18) However just because the items were not a pistol or actual stun gun does not diminish the seriousness of the crime and the punishment should fit the crime by no means do these youths deserve a free pass. Perhaps in addition to the courts decision on their fate they should be required to work with victims of crimes like those who have suffered physical permanent injuries see what in a blink of an eye can change a person's life forever and not always for the better' But I bet at least one and hopefully all three feels that way right now when they look back and see how STUPID their choice was to physically attack someone has now changed their own lives forever. Thank God no one was seriously injured or killed !
Kae February 27, 2012 at 06:47 AM
One of these kids have been in trouble countless times for so many different things. I'm sure the other have as well. What is wrong with kids these days.
young pooh June 01, 2012 at 06:05 PM
good man dr p
young pooh June 01, 2012 at 06:12 PM
learn the facts the kid who suposivly was attempted to robbed was never going to get robbed he is a piece of shit who goes aroung farmingdale nd massapequa robbing people himself from the FACTS the real facts he was just getting what he deserved the trio did a good deed but nassa county 8 are too stupid and should have arested all 4 of the kids till they got to the bottom of the investigation and revealed who is the real skumm bagg

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