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Long Beach Man Arrested for Assaulting Officers, Grand Larceny

The defendant, Richie Medina, allegedly fled from two accidents before police apprehended him.

A Long Beach man was arrested in Oceanside Thursday evening after he allegedly stole a flat bed tow truck and fled the scene of two separate car accidents.

According to Nassau County detectives, around 5 p.m, Thursday, officers responded to a car accident at Atlantic Avenue and Lawson Boulevard in Oceanside. When they arrived at the location, the officers were approached by a man who told them he had called police and was a victim of a car accident that occurred on Long Beach Road and Daly Boulevard, more than a mile away from that location.

The man pointed out Richie Medina, 22, of Long Beach, as the driver of the flat bed truck that had hit his car and left the scene, police said.

According to police, during the investigation, arresting officers discovered that the flat bed tow truck had been stolen from 550 Long Beach Blvd. and Medina had also been involved in a second "leaving the scene" car accident at Austin Boulevard and California Place in Island Park. A woman at the scene of the first accident told police her car had been hit by a flat bed tow truck.

Medina was arrested and taken to the Fourth Precinct in Hewlett. While at the precinct, during processing the arrest, the defendant assaulted two Nassau County officers, police said. One of the officers injured his knees when he was pushed to the floor by Medina. The other officer sustained a puncture wound to his hand during the struggle with Medina.

According to police, Medina was handcuffed when a third officer arrived to assist. Both officers were transported to an area hospital to treat their injuries.

Medina was charged with second-degree grand larceny, second-degree criminal possession of stolen property, two counts of second-degree assault, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, unlicensed operator and two counts of leaving scene of an incident without reporting.

Medina was arraigned on Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Earthling November 19, 2011 at 12:40 PM
According to this article heading, the man was arrested for assaulting officers. He was arrested for grand larceny. While at the precinct, and apparently handcuffed, he was able to cause injuries to two of Nassau's finest. Go figure, in custody, at the precinct, handcuffed, and the officers are the only ones taken to the hospital. If not reported, I must imagine, that in order to restrain this handcuffed suspect, with the need of a third officer, some force was necessary. I wonder what injuries the suspect received, but since he has a Latino surname, we must assume he is an illegal alien, and as such, the officers should have just beaten the living day lights out of him. I don't know the officer's names, but I bet they will soon be collecting some form of benefits. The only wounded knee I recognize, is the Lacotas'. Sorry for the other officer pinky being hurt. Its a joke of an article, and all the comments, I predict will show my point. How dare I?
PaulR November 19, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Earthling, you should be arrested for being a tool.
laocoon November 19, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Stole the truck? That's an old one. Try working off the books instead and the owner said "never saw that guy before". Strange that he had the keys, isn't it?
R November 19, 2011 at 01:53 PM
How is this a joke of an article? You obviously didn't read it since you assumed the perpetrator was handcuffed at the precinct when the article clearly states that the third officer assisted in handcuffing him. The article heading is accurate, too. He was arrested for grand larceny, then would've been re-arrested for assault.
Candygram for Mongo November 19, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Oh why Richie, why?
Lloyd November 20, 2011 at 01:36 AM
He had the keys?? And that's so strange?? Can you say, CARJACKING?? And the reason he fled the scene of the accident? Can you say, no license, no insurance, and no permission?
Rory November 20, 2011 at 02:20 AM
Lloyd: Good thing he wasn't driving over the Loop Parkway bridge, can you imagine the damage!
Gerald Cymbalsky November 20, 2011 at 03:22 PM
oh, you just got to get Lloyd started again
Earthling November 20, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Why not just beaten up, I don't like prisons.
Gerald Cymbalsky November 20, 2011 at 07:11 PM
One my neighbors said he was nearly run off the road by this guy as he was driving over the Long Beach road bridge. He was so concerned, he video taped the guy and dialed 911 before he went on to hit two other cars. The guy was driving recklessly by any account.
MAX November 21, 2011 at 04:53 AM
he hit my car exactly at 4:45 pm at thursday before daily blvd ..he looks like thief running from somewhere...i tried to catch him but i couldnt do .beacuse he run all the red lights at long beach rd ( Red Light Cameras too) He was driving reckless and try to hit the cars ...tpycially brain damaged sick person...!
Misty November 21, 2011 at 12:25 PM
He's only 22? He looks like he's 40 and deranged.
Brendan November 21, 2011 at 01:07 PM
I'm all for a summary execution here, how about anyone else? Do we really envision a scenario where this guy has any positive contribution to make to society?
Candygram for Mongo November 21, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Looks like a decent fellow
Lloyd November 22, 2011 at 11:19 AM
Hey Real Me! A decent fellow? Why don't you invite him over for Thanksgiving dinner? Just make sure you hide the car keys, and count the silverware before he leaves.
Lloyd November 22, 2011 at 11:52 AM
Rory and Gerald..... Speaking about The Loop Pkwy Bridge.... And now that you mentioned it, I'm gonna bring up another incident. Yesterday, at approx 11 AM I was driving my gal to work and as we approached that damn bridge, the light turned red and the gates went down. We were the first car stopped. I had a perfect view of the bridge "activity" while waiting in the front of the line. And what was happening? Nothing! We counted 5 NYS DOT guys just standing on the closed grating yakking away, having a good old time for themselves. No boats around to worry about. The gates were down, but the bridge NEVER went up. A total waste of time for hundreds of motorists trying to get to work, unlike the State "workers" who were taking a coffee break at taxpayer expense, on top of a busy drawbridge. And you guys here LOVE that bridge and romanticize how cost effective it is. I took phots of that annoying episode and would post them here if I knew how.
Candygram for Mongo November 22, 2011 at 01:12 PM
No - thats OK Lloyd - you can have him over - my table is full
Tracey Morgan November 22, 2011 at 07:33 PM
He looks like a nice boy! A real happy productive member of society. I'm sure he graduated in the top of his High School Class, goes to Mass on Sunday and this was just another example of the "man" having it i9n for innocent minorities!

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