Teen pleads not guilty to trying to steal classmates' phones

UNIONDALE - A 17-year-old Uniondale boy accused of trying to steal his classmates' smartphones pleaded not guilty in court today.Prosecutors say that just yesterday, Neal Compass Jr. punched a classmate in the face and tried to rip his iPhone out of his hand. The victim never let go and quickly alerted police.

Compass is also accused of trying to swipe an iPhone from another Uniondale student last month. As News 12 Long Island has reported, six students from Uniondale and Kellenberg high schools were robbed of their phones and other electronics last week. Police haven't said if they believe Compass is connected to any of those incidents.

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