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Man holds up boro gas station with toy gun: DA

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QUEENS VILLAGE — A 24-year-old Long Island man was arrested nearly two weeks ago for holding up a gas station with a fake gun, the Queens district attorney’s office said.

Basir Yama, of Merrick, L.I., was arraigned on several charges in Queens Criminal Court Dec. 16, including criminal possession of a controlled substance, robbery and possession of stolen property, the DA’s office said.

The night before, around 7:15, Yama entered a Gulf gas station, at 239th Street and Jamaica Avenue, and displayed what appeared to be a black firearm sticking out of a brown paper bag, the criminal complaint said.

He ordered the store workers to give up their money and allegedly took cash and three packs of cigarettes before fleeing in a white Toyota, according to the complaint.

A police officer caught up to Yama and found him in the car with the stolen merchandize and several packets of cocaine and marijuana, the criminal complaint said. An imitation gun was also found inside the car, according to the complaint.

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