An alleged gunman fired a shot at a driver who fled an attempted robbery in Lakeview after a teenager lured the victim in a job application ruse over the weekend, Nassau County police said.

The 32-year-old man showed up to a meeting on Pine Lake Drive with Kayla Gries, 17, of Malverne, who said she was seeking a job from the victim at 2 a.m. Sunday, police said.

But when Gries walked up to the victim’s car, the driver noticed a man standing near the car, became afraid and drove off, police said. Jason Thurmond, 27, of New Hyde Park, allegedly fired a gunshot into the victim’s car, striking the front dashboard, police said.

Two other suspects were also involved in the robbery try, including 24-year-old Michael Thompson of Lakeview and 27-year-old Jamal Davis of Hempstead, police said.

The victim was not injured and police said they recovered the gun.

All four suspects were charged with attempted robbery.  Gries, Thurmond and Davis were additionally being charged with conspiracy.  Thurmond was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon.


They are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead.


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