Police: Good Samaritans Restrain Knife-Wielding Man Robbing Store

MEDFORD, NY — Suffolk County Police arrested a Medford man who attempted to rob a Medford store at knifepoint and was restrained by good Samaritans at the scene.

According to police, Frank Annunziata Jr., 61, of 2703 Waverly Ave., entered Dunkin’, at 3197 Horseblock Road in Medford, and allegedly threatened a clerk with a knife at about 5:50 p.m.

Another employee attempted to stop Annunziata and an altercation began, with the employee receiving cuts on both hands, police said.

Two good Samaritans intervened, police said, and detained Annunziata until Sixth Precinct officers arrived.

The injured employee was taken by ambulance to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Police charged Annunziata with Attempted Robbery 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree. He was also charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property for an unrelated incident. He was being held overnight at the Sixth Precinct. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Tuesday, Oct 22.

Police remind the community that a criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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