Trio arrested for West Merrick carjacking


Two women and one girl were arrested for a robbery on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 10 p.m. in Valley Stream, according to police.

A man, 37, was sitting in his 2017 white Kia Sportage at the West Merrick Shell Gas Station when the trio demanded he get out of the car. When the man refused, a struggle reportedly ensued. The man suffered a stab wound to the middle of his back. The trio hijacked the car and drove east on West Merrick Road. Police caught the car moving north on Franklin Avenue and tracked it down to the parking lot of 355 Franklin Avenue. The girl was first to leave the car and headed east on Polk Avenue. She was later put into custody at the intersection of Lincoln Street and Van Buren Avenue. Police arrested passenger Laychelle Robinson, 20, of Brooklyn and driver Arianna Smith, 19, of Harlem who stayed in the car.

The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation. The trio is charged with robbery, grand larceny, and criminal possession of a weapon. They were arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Feb. 14.