Acting DA Singas on Fatal Attempted Robbery Arrest: 'Has Taken a Menace to Public Safety Off of the Streets'
MINEOLA, N.Y. – Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said that Joshua Golson-Orelus, 23, of Westbury, was arraigned and held without bail today by Nassau County District Court Judge Paul Meli after being charged in two incidents at gas stations this year.
Golson-Orelus, who was arrested in Utica yesterday, was charged with Murder in the 1st Degree, Attempted Robbery in the 1st Degree, and Criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree for a fatal robbery attempt at a BP gas station in Jericho on January 28, and charged with Robbery in the 2nd degree for a robbery at a Citgo station in Westbury in on June 14. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole and is due back in court on June 22.
“This arrest has taken a menace to public safety off of the streets and we will prosecute this case aggressively to ensure that he’ll never threaten our communities again,” Acting DA Singas said. “I commend our partners in this investigation – the Nassau County Police Department, the Utica Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service – for their excellent police work. This is an ongoing investigation and we will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to keep Long Islanders safe.”
Assistant District Attorney Martin Meaney of Acting DA Singas’ Major Offense Bureau is prosecuting the case. Golson-Orelus was represented by the Legal Aid Society at arraignment.
The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.