Long Beach police nab armed robbers

Suspects charged with felonies in West Hudson Street robbery


Long Beach police arrested two men last week after they allegedly robbed a victim at gunpoint on West Hudson Street.

According to police, the incident occurred on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 12:29 p.m., when the victim called Long Beach police and told them that two armed men robbed him.

Police said that the victim identified one of the suspects, and was able to describe the other to police officers.

After they canvassed the area, police apprehended Long Beach resident Thomas L. Keyes, 26, at 7:45 p.m. Hours later, at 1:18 a.m., police arrested 24-year-old Philoman Smith, also of Long Beach.

Keyes was slapped with two felony charges and a misdemeanor — robbery displaying a firearm, second-degree robbery and criminal possession of marijuana. Smith was charged with robbery displaying a firearm and second-degree robbery, both felonies.

Keyes and Smith were arraigned at Long Beach City Court on Dec. 20 by Judge Roy Tepper; bail was set at $7,500 cash over $15,000 bond. Smith is due to appear in Nassau County Criminal Court on Jan. 3, and Keyes is scheduled to appear on Jan. 10.

“I would like to commend our Police Department for their relentless determination and excellent police work in the apprehension of these alleged perpetrators,” City Council President Scott Mandel said in a statement.