Homeless Brothers Used Kids for Robbery Scheme on Long Island
NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK — September 12, 2018
Two homeless brothers were charged after of trying to rob people on the side of the road on Long Island. According to the police report, they used three children to stop cars and ask for help before robbing them.
Nassau County police say Catalin and Valentin Vaduva were in a car, stopped on the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway Exit Ramp onto the Long Island Expressway on Saturday.
When a 54-year-old man stopped to help them out, police say one of the brothers tried to steal things from the man's car.
The man drove off, but he told police he saw the suspects stop another driver.
When authorities caught up with Valentin Vaduva, they say he had three girls ages 15, 3 and 2 in the back seat. They were released to a family member.
The Vaduva brothersare charged with reckless endangerment, attempted grand larceny, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Valentin Vaduva is also being charged with multiple New York State vehicle and traffic law violations.
It is unclear who the children were in relation to the men, but it is possible that the brothers were close with the children's families.