Police are investigating an attempted robbery involving a handgun at a Riverhead gas station early Friday, police said.
Riverhead police received word about 12:30 a.m. that a male suspect displaying a black semiautomatic handgun and approached another man from behind while in the Mobile Gas parking lot on Route 58, police said.
The suspect demanded the victim to get into his own car, which the victim was unlocking, according to the report.
When the victim refused to comply, the suspect — described as a 35 to 40-year-old black male, about 5-foot-10-inches tall, wearing a black mask and a gray hooded sweatshirt — took off on foot, police said.
State police and Riverhead police officers searched the area with the help of a K-9 unit, but were unable to locate the suspect, police said.
The case was turned over to the detectives division, according to a report.
A Nassau County man is being held on $50,000 bail after his arrest earlier today for trying to hold up a Jamesport gas station, police said.
Police said Devin Poole, 21, of Rosyln Heights, approached at attendant at the Valero gas station in Jamesport shortly after 1:20 Saturday morning and demanded money. When the attendant refused, Mr. Poole reportedly stunned him several times with a stun gun while reaching into the attendant’s pockets. After a struggle, Mr. Poole fled without any money, according to police.
Responding to a 911 call, the Riverhead Police canine unit found a man coming out of the woods at the corner of White Birch Court and South Jamesport Avenue in South Jamesport, according to reports. The attendant then identified the man as the assailant and a stun gun was found in his possession, said police.
Mr. Poole was charged with first-degree attempted robbery and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and placed in the county jail following his arraignment before Town Justice Allen Smith,