Seventh Squad Detectives report the arrest of a Queens man for a Robbery that occurred on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6:18 pm in Massapequa.
According to detectives, a male entered Laxmi Smoke and Vape Shop located at 4127 Merrick Road. The subject attempted to purchase merchandise with a credit card. A male employee, 34, asked for identification that matched the credit card. The subject then attempted to pay with his cellular phone which was declined. The male picked up the merchandise and attempted to exit the store without making a payment. Two employees confronted the subject and a physical altercation ensued. The male was subdued and held until police arrived. Ali Saif, 24, of 109-15 116th Street was arrested by arriving officers.
The two (2) employees suffered injuries and were transported to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation.
During the investigation it was determined Saif had an open warrant in Connecticut.
Defendant Saif is charged with two (2) counts of Robbery 2nd Degree (Attempt). He will be arraigned on Thursday, February 11, 2021 in Mineola.
Details by: Det. DePierro/7th Sqd 02/11/21/0240/8688