Suffolk County Police yesterday arrested two subjects on charges of kidnapping two victims and committing armed robberies in the Smithtown and Central Islip areas earlier this week.
Fourth Precinct detectives determined that 19-year-old Michael Leto, who is believed to be homeless, had robbed two individuals at a Taco Bell in Nesconset on February 25. After getting upset that the two victims only had $2 on them, Leto forced both victims by gun point to drive him to pick up his girlfriend, 26-year-old Catherine Andes of 13 Lisa Court, Nesconset, and then to a Getty Gas Station in Central Islip. Once at the gas station, Leto forced one of the victims to assist him in the armed robbery of the station.
Third Precinct Police Officers Brian Grenz and Ryan Neems arrested Leto and Andes at the Townhouse Motor Inn in Smithtown Friday afternoon. Andes had outstanding warrants for Burglary 2nd Degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. Leto admitted to the officers that he had committed the robbery of the Getty Gas Station in Central Islip.
Leto later admitted to Fourth Precinct detectives that he had committed another robbery that took place at the Sunoco Gas Station in Smithtown on February 24.
Leto was charged with Kidnapping 2nd Degree, Menacing 2nd Degree and three counts of Robbery 1st Degree. In addition to her two outstanding warrants, Andes was charged with Kidnapping 2nd Degree and Robbery 1st Degree. Both were held overnight and will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on February 27.