Just call him the Hamburglar.
A Long Island man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly threatened to shoot a McDonald’s worker if the employee didn’t “give him some hamburgers,” New York State Police said.
The bizarre robbery attempt, police said, occurred at 12:05 a.m. on Oct. 27 at a McDonald’s restaurant on Route 24 in Riverside.
Authorities said Juan Mendez-DePaz, 33, of Flanders, walked up to the store’s drive-thru window “and told the worker to give him some hamburgers and money or he would shoot them.” He then allegedly reached inside a vest he was wearing and told the worker that he had two guns stuffed in the garment.
Police said the worker immediately closed the drive-thru window and called 911 to report the robbery attempt and provide a description of the assailant. A description provided to police noted the man was wearing a black cowboy hat and black vest.
When troopers arrived to the store, they found Mendez-DePaz – still wearing the black cowboy hat – in the parking lot. Authorities said he displayed a large knife on his hip and struggled with police as they tried to arrest him.
Mendez-DePaz was charged with first-degree robbery and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was being held Monday at the Suffolk County Jail and was awaiting arraignment.