Police: Man Robs Patchogue McDonald's, Threatens to Kill Cashier

Craig Gernett is arrested just minutes after robbery after witness sees him flee into Shore Motor Inn, police say.

UPDATED: A man robbed a Patchogue Saturday afternoon, but was caught just minutes later, police said.

Craig Gernett, 33, walked into the McDonalds located on Sunrise Highway at Gateway Plaza around 1:05 p.m. and soon walked to the counter, demanded money and verbally threatened violence, while making a motion that indicated he had a gun, police said.

The employee complied with Gernett’s demands, and handed him several hundred dollars. Gernett told the employee he was going to come back and kill her, police said.

Gernett, whose last known address is a halfway house in Brooklyn, fled the scene, running across four lanes of the highway's service road and another six of the highway itself and into the Shore Motor Inn, police said.

A witness, who saw Gernett run across the highway, thought it looked suspicious, and watched Gernett go into his hotel room, police said.

The witness alerted responding Fifth Precinct officers and told the officers what room Gernett went into. Police found Gernett less than 20 minutes after the robbery and he was then arrested. A portion of the proceeds from the robbery was found in Gernett's pocket, police said.

Gernett is also wanted for an escape warrant by the U.S. Marshals Service, police said.

He is charged with first degree robbery.  He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Sunday.



Tanya July 29, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Nice job scpd...this could of been a tragedy. Maybe he was coming back armed.
charlie kenney July 30, 2012 at 01:14 AM
someone should have hit the little sob and save the county some tax payers money could not have happen at a better time
charlie kenney July 30, 2012 at 01:33 AM
if scpd did there job the first he would not been out to rob mc D s they should have cleaned the crack motel out at the same time they located him he is well know for holding up CVS in suffok in the past AMEN
Ci D July 30, 2012 at 09:11 AM
Many observed him running across the highway we all watched in shock wondering how he didn't get hit ....
Joe Truesoldier August 02, 2012 at 05:55 PM


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