MINEOLA, N.Y. – Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that two Roosevelt men have been indicted on new grand jury charges for the recent armed robbery of a teenaged victim in Freeport.
Sayquane Marshall, 24, and Andy Lafontant, 23, are facing the following grand jury charges:
• Robbery in the 1st and 2nd Degrees (B and C violent felonies, respectively)• Criminal Use of a Firearm in the 1st and 2nd Degrees (B and C violent felonies, respectively)• Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Degrees (a C violent felony, D felony and A misdemeanor, respectively)• Criminal Possession of a Firearm (an E felony)• Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th and 5th Degrees (an E felony and A misdemeanor, respectively)
Nassau County Supreme Court Justice William Donnino continued Marshall’s $70,000 bail at his arraignment on July 10. He continued Lafontant’s $70,000 bail at his arraignment today. Marshall is due back in court July 16. Lafontant is due back in court on Aug. 20 Both face a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if convicted of the top counts.
“These defendants are charged with robbing an innocent teenager who was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Acting DA Singas said. “Thanks to the courage of the victim stepping forward to help police, and his phone tracking technology, police were able to arrest these defendants quickly, and we are charging them to the fullest extent of the law.”
Acting DA Singas said that on May 2 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Marshall and Lafontant robbed a 16-year-old boy near the corner of Rogers Place and Independence Avenue in Freeport. Lafontant allegedly displayed a handgun while Marshall stole the victim’s iPhone and wallet containing an undetermined amount of cash.
The defendants were arrested in a traffic stop later that day after the victim’s phone tracking software helped Freeport Police track down their whereabouts after the robbery.
Assistant District Attorney Michelle Burke of Acting DA Singas’ Street Narcotics and Gangs Bureau is prosecuting the case. Marshall is represented by Steven Barnwell, Esq. Lafontant is represented by Greg Madey, Esq.
The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.