Man in Cowboy Hat Demands Hamburgers, Threatens to Shoot Up Long Island McDonald's

The 33-year-old suspect was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree robbery

Monday, Oct 28, 2013  |  Updated 3:40 PM EDT
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Man Demands Burgers, Threatens McDonald's

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State police arrested a 33-year-old man who allegedly walked up to a Long Island McDonald's drive-thru window and threatened to shoot employees unless the worker at the window gave him some hamburgers. 

Juan Mendez-DePaz allegedly told the worker he had two guns in his vest when he went to the fast-food restaurant in Riverside early Sunday. 

The worker closed the window and called 911.

State troopers responded and confronted Mendez-DePaz in the parking lot. He was still wearing the cowboy hat and black vest described in the McDonald's worker's 911 call, police said. 

The suspect displayed a large knife on his hip, and was taken into custody after a brief struggle, state police said. 

Mendez-DePaz was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree robbery. 

Information on an attorney for him wasn't immediately available. 

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