Suspects Use Machetes to Terrorize, Rob Long Island Residents in 2 Separate Attacks

Police say the robberies, 45 minutes and 42 miles apart, are not related

Friday, Aug 30, 2013  |  Updated 12:09 PM EDT
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Robbers Wield Machetes in 2 Separate Attacks

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Suspects used machetes to terrorize and rob Long Island residents in two separate attacks Thursday night.
 
In the first robbery just after 11 p.m., two men armed with machetes forced their way inside a home in Shirley and slashed two people, leaving one with a gash to the head and the other with leg injuries, police said.

 
They stole cash and cell phones before running off.
 
About 45 minutes later and 42 miles away, a man and woman outside a deli in Westbury were approached by a man with a machete and a man with a gun who demanded their valuables.
 
The man with the gun took the woman's purse and the suspects fled.
 
After officers fanned out to search for them, a police dog found the suspects hiding in the yard of a home, the .38-caliber gun and machete stashed under a bush.
 
The suspects, 20 and 22, were charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.
 
Police say the attacks are not related.

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