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Officials: Hicksville Man Arrested in Connection with Multiple Robberies of Local Businesses

Juan Carlos Ortiz, 25, is being charged on several counts, including Possession of a Controlled Substance, Burglary and Robbery, officials say.

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NCPD reports the arrest of Juan Carlos Ortiz of Hicksville, 25, for Robbery.

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Hicksville, NY - April 26, 2018 - The Major Case Bureau reports the arrest of a Hicksville man for Robbery that occurred on several dates in 2018 in Hicksville.
According to the Robbery Squad and Burglary Pattern Squad Detectives, defendant Juan Carlos Ortiz, 25, was observed in the vicinity of S Broadway, Hicksville smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine from a clear glass pipe. When Detectives approached, the defendant fled the scene on foot disposing of a white garment and the above clear glass pipe. After a brief foot pursuit the defendant was placed under arrest. The white garment (a hooded mask) and pipe were recovered.
After an investigation it was determined that defendant Ortiz was responsible for the following Burglary and Robberies:
On January 24, 2018 at 12:47 am the defendant broke a window and entered the Capitol One Bank located at 190 Broadway. There were no proceeds.
On March 4, 2018 at 8:15 pm the defendant entered the Puff N Stuff smoke shop and demanded money. The 67 year old male employee complied with an undetermined amount of US currency. The defendant was described as wearing a white hooded mask covering his face.
On April 16, 2018 at 8:25 pm the defendant forced a 54 year old employee into JM Travel and Multiservice – 2 E Marie Street pushed the victim to the ground and stole her purse. The defendant was described as wearing a white mask.
Defendant Ortiz is being charged with Robbery 1st Degree, Robbery 3rd Degree, Burglary 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree. He will be arraigned on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at First District Court, 99 Main Street, Hempstead.
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.