Arrest made in 2011 Rockville Centre shooting


On Monday afternoon, Rockville Centre police arrested Cyrus Joseph, 24, of Meehan Lane, on a federal arrest warrant.

According to police, Joseph shot two men in a car during a drug transaction on Nov. 22, 2011, on Meehan Lane in Rockville Centre. According to Police Commissioner Charles Gennario, Joseph stole narcotics from the two men and fled.

That night, RVC police responded to a call reporting shots fired in the area, but found no one. Later that night, the two victims arrived at South Nassau Communities Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds. One man, from Hempstead, was grazed on his right shoulder, while the other, from Uniondale, had a gunshot wound to his upper left arm. The two were uncooperative with police.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted the RVCPD with the investigation. Joseph was arrested on Randall Avenue in Rockville Centre early Monday afternoon. He was arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on Tuesday, and charged with a Hobbs Act robbery, a federal crime, because he discharged a weapon during a drug transaction.

“This was an excellent investigative effort by law enforcement personnel,” said Gennario. “We will continue to make our community a safe environment for our residents and apprehend those subjects who assault our quality-of-life values.”