Police: Woman Fights Off Robber in ShopRite Parking Lot, 2 Arrested

Two people arrested shortly after incident in West Babylon parking lot Wednesday afternoon, police say.

Two people who attempted to rob a woman in a West Babylon ShopRite parking lot Wednesday afternoon were quickly arrested, police said. 

Police said Frankie Campanelli, of Lindenhurst, and James Brescia, of North Babylon, were sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of the supermarket, located at 64 Route 109, when Brescia got out of the car and forcibly attempted to take the purse of a woman who was placing her groceries in the rear of her vehicle, which was in the same parking lot, police said. 

Police said Brescia pushed and pulled the woman to the ground, but the woman was able to fight the robber off of her. Campanelli and Brescia then fled in their vehicle southbound on Route 109 towards Little East Neck Road, police said. 

Surveillance video of the incident, which occurred around 2:10 p.m., led to the arrest of Campanelli, 24, and Brescia, 29, "a short while later" on Tuesday, police said. Both are charged with second degree robbery: aided by another.  

Following their arraignments on Thursday, Campanelli was released on $15,000 bond. Brescia remains in jail and is being held on $25,000 cash bail or $75,000 bond. 

West Islip Resident March 22, 2014 at 06:35 AM
Unfortunately, the intended victim wasn't allowed to be a licensed carry permit holder because of this being an over liberal state. Then she could have put these 2 animals out of their misery.
Lindy Mets Fan March 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM
Both these thugs are useless pieces of crap . If they get the help they need , we pay for it . If they get jail time , we pay for it . What's wrong here ? The system must make these addict's , thief's, rapist's etc pay for their own rehab and jail time . There really should be a deserted island way out in the ocean where we can throw these criminals and they have to fend for them self at no taxpayer cost , except for transporting them there .
Ginna Dawson Borah March 24, 2014 at 01:19 PM
They will do it again..
Timothy Bigwig April 06, 2014 at 08:35 PM
I'm pro 2A but West Islip Residents comments are idiotic and do more harm than good to those wishing to preserve their 2A rights. West Islip Resident please find someone with an adult mental capacity to read your posts prior to you posting.


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