Long Island Man Charged With Southeast Armed Robbery

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Brentwood, NY, man after a robbery at a Southeast business.

On March 1, 2023, at approximately 5:15 am, Deputies were dispatched to the Gulf gas station at 1565 Route 22 for a robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival, Deputies learned that the suspect had fled the scene, and they began an investigation along with members of the Sheriff’s BCI Division. It was determined that the suspect entered the store and pointed what was believed to be a firearm at the clerk’s head, and demanded money from the register. The suspect then fled the store with over $6,000 in cash and approximately $350 worth of cigarette cartons. Based on information from the store clerk and a very observant customer, who provided photos of the suspect vehicle, an alert was put out to area police agencies. At approximately 6:10 am, a Westchester County Police Officer observed the suspect vehicle on I287 near I684 in Harrison and began a pursuit. At that time, the car drove the wrong way on Westchester Avenue, eventually crashing near the Hutchinson River Parkway entrance. At that time, the suspect fought with Westchester Officers before being taken into custody.

The suspect, Jose Nieves, 28 years old, was then turned over to Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies, where he was subsequently charged with the following felonies: one count of Robbery in the 2nd Degree, one count of Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, and one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, as it was learned that the vehicle that the suspect was operating was stolen from New York City.

Mr. Nieves is held in the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. He is also being investigated as a suspect in numerous other armed robberies in New York City, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties, and municipalities in Westchester County, including the Town of North Castle, where it is believed that he committed a similar robbery after the incident in Southeast.