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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.

Rosemarie Stauber February 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM
The fact that this crime occurred during daytime hours in a residential area, with local kids, carrying A GUN and a ELECTROSHOCK WEAPON, in order to get a smartphone - this is disgusting. And how did these kids get their hands on a gun in the first place????
Tanii C. February 16, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Charge them as adults. I left Brooklyn because I wanted a safer area for my kids to grow up. Actually how about you round up the want to be thugs and drop them off in Brownsville or over in the Pink Houses and let them experience what a real stick up feels like. And I agree with you Rosemarie where in world did they get a semi automatic gun and a stun gun?? I wonder if someone either A. didn't lock up their fire arms or B. there is a gun shop selling to minors. dood this has me livid
James M. February 16, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Charge the parents for negligence and try the teenagers as adults. Parents should get 2 years probation and all guns removed from their premises and lose their hand gun gun license. The teenagers should get 6 months if a first offense in jail and 2.5 years of probation. This is why I vote Republican for judges. Throw the book at these delinquents.
James M. February 16, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Nope doesn't change the facts he was threatening the victim with a deadly weapon, which is considered illegal in NYS regardless of the fact it was fake or a bb gun. It is the belief of the victim that you are threatening him with a gun that is important. It is similar to passing a note that you have a bomb when you don't
James M. February 16, 2012 at 04:58 PM
S 160.10 Robbery in the second degree. A person is guilty of robbery in the second degree when he forcibly steals property and when: 1. He is aided by another person actually present; or 2. In the course of the commission of the crime or of immediate flight therefrom, he or another participant in the crime: (a) Causes physical injury to any person who is not a participant in the crime; or (b) Displays what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or other firearm; or 3. The property consists of a motor vehicle, as defined in section one hundred twenty-five of the vehicle and traffic law. Robbery in the second degree is a class C felony.
katie b February 16, 2012 at 05:23 PM
you are out of ur mind!! did u really just tell them how to rob kids better?!? i knoww 2 out of the 3 kids that did this and they desreve to go to jail!!
James M. February 16, 2012 at 05:59 PM
You're wrong but thanks for playing. Your comments are out of whack with reality and support crime which makes question your motivation for the comment other than to support your friends who are criminals and should be put away for some time to get their act together. But again thanks for playing
James M. February 16, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Probably a friend of the criminals trying to make it seem like no big deal.
James M. February 16, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Adam IF and I stress IF you ever lived in Brooklyn you must have lived in Red Hook if you think LI is bad. Can't wait to see your mugshot on here.
Tanii C. February 16, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I know there is violence all over the world Adam but I moved from a violent place to a place where I thought my kids wouldn't have to experience stupid acts like this.
katie b February 16, 2012 at 06:58 PM
i read the whole entire article and know the people involved.. so tell me again how im passing judgment?
James M. February 16, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Ahhhh we can see the level of friends these CRIMINALS have.
James M. February 16, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Let's see three adults jumped a single individual and threatened him with what appeared to be a gun and tazer and forced him into a car and roughed him up. Last time I checked that is 2nd Degree Robbery. They can probably tack on kidnapping since they forced him against his will into a car. Did I miss some other crime they committed?
katie b February 16, 2012 at 07:08 PM
we all know that ur friends with them or do this same thing as them but no there is nothing that could have me on this website thanks! but there is a whole lot more these kids have done but didnt get cought karma catches up to all of us eventaully.
katie b February 16, 2012 at 07:15 PM
by ur name alone you sound like an idiot and ur most likely their friend and will get far in life like the 3 of them and the rest of their group! good luck
Doctor P February 16, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Yes...And his secretary Katie B is has been arrested for being drunk and disorderly declaring she's friends with the Farmingdale 3...more to come..
Doctor P February 16, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I think snowy nailed it.
katie b February 16, 2012 at 08:12 PM
i actually know them because i graduated with them so lets not assume things now and sorry i dont sit on the computer answering you guys every 5 seconds. All i have to sayy is that they desreved getting arressted if you dont think so then either u do what they do or ur friends with them.
Wayne February 16, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Court:Nassau First District Court Case #:2012NA003583 Defendant: Distefano, Simon PL 110-160.10 2B D Felony, 1 count, Arrest charge, Arraignment charge Description:Attempted Rob-2nd:displays Firearm Court:Nassau First District Court Case #:2012NA003581 Defendant: Lipari, Nicholas C PL 110-160.10 2B D Felony, 1 count, Arrest charge, Arraignment charge Description:Attempted Rob-2nd:displays Firearm -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ALSO PENDING: Court:Nassau First District Court Case #:2011NA019253 Defendant:Lipari, Nicholas C NEXT APPEARANCE: 02/28/2012 ACOD
Doctor P February 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Now these poor kids have to deal with an unjust system because one guy couldn't pay what he owed. Talk about unfair...
Wayne February 16, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Too Bad. Another bully off the streets and the bullies cry. Boo Hoo. He probably didn't owe anything and it is no excuse for 2nd degree robbery. The Court will decide how long they go to jail for.
Doctor P February 17, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Maybe you need to read the article Wayne. The charge is Attempted Robbery in the 2nd degree. Big difference there college boy ;).
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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