YONKERS, NY – Yonkers police have arrested three Bronx men for a broad daylight cheeky rant at a jewelry store.
Shortly before 5.20pm on Thursday, Yonkers police were called to South Broadway to the Golden Square Jewelry store following a report of a group of masked men smashing the front window with a hammer.
The men then fled the area in a dark SUV. Police were on the scene within minutes and canvassing units located the getaway SUV in the Park Hill area. Officers chased the suspect vehicle through local streets before it crashed into the retaining wall of a residential home on Marshall Road, just east of Birch Road, police said.
The four occupants abandoned the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. Authorities say two of the suspects were captured within minutes and a third within an hour as they attempted to escape and hide in the wooded area adjacent to the Saw Mill River Boardwalk.
A perimeter was quickly set up in the Park Hill and Tibbetts Park areas and Yonkers Police and Westchester County Police continued to search for an elusive fourth suspect.
The fourth suspect has been identified and a further arrest is scheduled. Investigators found items from the theft in the crashed SUV.
The three arrested suspects are identified as Nykem Alston (aka Tyrese Robinson), a 21-year-old Bronx resident; Alfred Long, a 35-year-old Bronx resident; and Alexander Wilson, a 21-year-old Bronx resident. Alston and Long were each charged last night with robbery, robbery and burglary. Wilson remains hospitalized following the accident and will be charged later. Alston and Long were returned to Westchester County Jail.
“Thank you to our tireless Yonkers officers who responded quickly and courageously last night to apprehend the suspects,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “Let this be a clear and direct message to all criminals who think they can undermine our city – we will find you and ensure that you are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law so as not to terrorize our residents and our companies.”
Detectives from the Major Case Squad, Crime Scene Unit, and Digital Forensics Unit investigate the case. Investigators believe the four perpetrators, all Bronx residents, smashed the jewelry store window with a crowbar and hammer and removed a large amount of gold and jewelry from the window, the store owner estimates around $100,000.
A store employee tried to stop the thieves with the hammer before they fled, police said.
Detectives also believe the suspects may have filmed another jewelry store on McLean Avenue earlier. One of the suspects, now identified as ‘Alston’, provided a false name in an effort to conceal a warrant for his arrest in connection with a 2019 New York City attempted murder charge, police say .
“The Yonkers Police Department offers no quarter to criminals who engage in this egregious, lawless and violent behavior,” Police Commissioner Chris Sapienza said. “We will commit every resource to find them, arrest them and hold them accountable. I applaud the great efforts of our officers, detectives and supervisors, and our partners at the Westchester County Police Department, in apprehending three of the suspects. .as we get closer to the fourth.”