The Nassau County Police Department’s Seventh and Eighth Precincts and other law enforcement agencies reported the following incidents.
Massapequa: Nassau County’s Seventh Squad detectives reported the arrest of a Massapequa man for an assault that occurred in Massapequa on Fri., Sept. 19, 2014 at 2:20 p.m. According to detectives, Robert Ruggiero, 43, of 41 Orchard St., while in his residence, located at 41 Orchard St., became involved in a verbal and physical altercation with a female victim, 28. The defendant threw the victim against a wall, grabbed her by the neck and then forcefully squeezed so as to obstruct her ability to breathe. When the victim grabbed a knife for protection, the defendant pulled it from her hand and cut her on the wrist several times. Nassau County Police Ambulance transported the victim, who sustained minor lacerations, to a local hospital for treatment.
Bureau of Special Operations police officers arrested the defendant at 5:50 p.m. without incident. Ruggiero is being charged with assault 2nd degree, criminal possession weapon 3rd degree, criminal obstruction breathing and was arraigned on Sat., Sept. 20 in First District Court, Hempstead. ROBBERY
Massapequa Park: Seventh Squad Detectives reported that on Oct. 8 at about 11:25 p.m. an employee at Smokin’ Al’s at 4847 Merrick Road exited the establishment through a rear door and was immediately accosted by two African American men in the back alley. Both the thieves were wearing dark clothing, gloves and ski masks. One of the men pulled out a handgun. The thieves took the victim’s backpack, iPad and $20 in cash before fleeing northbound on Park Boulevard. Police requested that anyone with any information pertaining to the incident please contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 244-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. GRAND LARCENY
Massapequa Park: An iPhone was stolen from a car parked on Tyrconnell Avenue Oct. 4. The incident took place sometime between 8 a.m. and 8:40 a.m.
Massapequa: A woman at a Sunrise Highway Olive Garden reported Oct. 3 that sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 9:25 p.m. someone removed her pocketbook from her car. In order to affect the theft, the thief or thieves smashed one of the car windows. •On Oct. 3, shortly before 9:30 p.m., someone broke a passenger side window of a car parked at John Burns Park on Merrick Road and stole a pocketbook. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
Massapequa: On Oct. 6, at about 3 p.m., a Nassau Road resident called police reporting that someone had placed cinder blocks in her pool, causing damage to the pool liner. ARRESTS
DWI: The following persons have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated or impaired: Christina Camille Goetz, 36, of Bronxville; Luis A. Vasquez, 34 of Long Beach; Sara B. Stanganelli, 25, of Merrick; Mario G. Chavez, 43, of Inwood; Michael Miller, 41, of Oceanside.
The charges against those arrested are allegations, and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.