A man was apprehended after he stole a hat from the manager of a Long Island lounge before punching him in the face and stealing his cell phone, police said.
It incident began around 4:40 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 in New Cassel.
Upon arrival, a 27-year-old male victim told police that a male suspect, later identified as Luis Lopez, entered Mystique Hookah Lounge, located at 973 Old Country Road, where he is employed as manager, and caused a disturbance, Nassau County Police say.
The subject was asked to leave. Lopez, of Lawrence, refused and took the victim’s hat off of his head and then fled the location, police said. The victim followed Lopez eastbound on Old Country Road to get his hat back, police said.
Lopez saw him and punched him in the face and then took his iPhone, which had fallen out of his pocket, and fled again.
Officers located Lopez and he was placed under arrest without further incident.
Lopez was charged with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny. He will be arraigned on Monday, Jan. 27 at First District Court in Hempstead.
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