Long Beach police arrested two teens on Wednesday after they allegedly threatened to beat up a 15-year-old male if he didn’t fork over any money — or marijuana.
According to police, the incident occurred at 5:20 p.m. on May 1 at West Walnut Street and National Boulevard, when Long Beach Police Officer Stephanie Marra observed suspects Akym Stephens, 18, and Nasuan Mitchell, 18, approach the victim and put their hands in his pockets.
Police said that the victim, also a Long Beach resident, had his hands raised above his head, and appeared to be in fear of the suspects as he followed their orders.
The two suspects and the victim were in the middle of the street on the west side of West Walnut Street and National Boulevard, at which point Marra stepped out of the vehicle and the victim yelled, "Officer, these two guys are trying to rob me!”
Marra called for assistance, police said, and four officers arrived on the scene shortly after. According to police, the victim told officers that the two suspects approached him from behind while he was walking southbound on National Boulevard.
The victim told police that when Mitchell approached him, he said that he had heard the victim wanted to fight him. The suspects allegedly told then the teen that if he gave them some money or marijuana, they would not beat him up. Police said they also threatened to beat the teen up if he attempted to run away. The victim told police that Stephens ordered him to “run his pockets” and give up everything he had.
The victim said that he was complying with the older teenagers' orders when Marra arrived on the scene, police said.
The two suspects were placed under arrest and charged with second-degree robbery. Both were arraigned in Long Beach City Court before Judge Roy Tepper. Mitchell’s bail was set at $20,000 bond over $10,000 cash. His next court date is on May 10 at Nassau County Criminal Court before Judge William Donino. Stephens was released on a $10,000 bond and is due back in court on May 6.