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Oct 28, 2013 1:54 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Flanders Man Arrested For Attempting To Rob McDonald's Of Hamburgers, Money

Oct 30, 2013 9:56 AM

A Flanders man was arrested Sunday morning for attempting to rob the McDonald’s on Flanders Road in Riverside.

Juan Mendez-DePaz, 33, approached the restaurant’s drive-thru window on foot wearing a black cowboy hat and a black vest shortly after midnight, according to New York State Police. He placed his hand inside his vest and directed an employee to give him some hamburgers and money, threatening to shoot the worker with two pistols he said he had concealed.

The employee instead called police who arrived a short time later and confronted Mr. Mendez-DePaz in the McDonald’s parking lot. He displayed a large knife on his hip but, after a struggle, State Troopers were able to arrest him, according to a press release issued on Monday morning.

Mr. Mendez-DePaz, who police said did not have a gun on him, was charged with first-degree robbery, a felony, as well as fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

He is being held at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

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The Hamburgler rides again!
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Oct 28, 13 4:29 PM
I'm glad everything turned out ok. But i can't stop laughing at the idea of a guy wearing a black hat and vest walking up to a drive up window for a hold-up...Its always the guy in the black cowboy hat that's the villain. Is there any security video of this? And did he have a horse too?
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Oct 28, 13 5:14 PM
He *did* have a horse, but McDonald's used it to make more hamburgers.
By Tay (35), Hampton Bays on Oct 28, 13 5:50 PM
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I take it he wasn't taping to send it to "World's Dumbest Robbers"? Or a "Dumb & Dumber" sequel?
By Brdie (10), Riverhead on Oct 28, 13 7:57 PM
He'll get three hots and a cot now, courtesy of you, the tax payer. Also AC, cable TV, books, education and a job. I would be curious to know if the gentleman is a US citizen or a 'out of status' visitor as Tim Bishop would put it.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Oct 29, 13 1:25 PM
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By Paramarine (28), Raleigh, NC on Oct 29, 13 2:32 PM