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Police: Two Men Slashed in Attempted Robberies in Lake Ronkonkoma

Man leaving ATM and pet store employee are attacked within hours of each other, police say.

A man leaving an ATM and a 75-year-old employee of a pet supply store were slashed during attempted robberies just hours apart in Lake Ronkonkoma, police said. 

In the first incident, police said a man was exiting the Wells Fargo bank ATM, at 601 Portion Road, when a man approached him with a box cutter and demanded money shortly before 11 p.m. on Saturday.  

The man slashed the victim and fled with no proceeds, police said. The victim suffered a laceration, but police did not have info Monday on how serious his injuries were or whether he was treated at a hospital. 

In the second incident, a male employee of Pet Supplies Plus, which is located right next to the bank on Portion Road, was loading trash into a compactor at the rear of the store around 1:40 a.m. on Sunday when he was approached by an unknown man who demanded money, police said. 

The employee said he had none and when he walked away, the would-be robber slashed him across the face and then in the back with an unknown object, police said.  

The employee was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was admitted for treatment, police said. 

Police did not say if they believe the same man is behind both attacks. No arrests have been made.  

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Sean July 01, 2014 at 09:23 AM
jaad84 your correct but they were small pockets, these pockets are now spreading like a plague. You probably could count the bad places on two hands 15-20 years back. Now you need your feet and hands and a multiplication table. Now compound that with illegals all over, gangs taking hold, heroin epedimic, sexual predators everywhere. Not good.
Sean July 01, 2014 at 09:25 AM
The bad thing about this all is Steve Baloney and the SCPD have their heads in the sand and are doing nothing to improve the quality of life. The only time you see Steve Baloney is kissing the tush's of no english speaking type when they have a Reverend at their side. When are they going to care that the dream of Long Island is turning into a daymare on a daily basis for the working middle class?
JGJR July 01, 2014 at 11:55 AM
The question that comes to mind, did the first victim call the police at all let alone from the scene? If that's the case, the first victim contributed to the second assault by not calling it in. However, if the police responded for a felony assault ifo a banking institution, what no scene, no investigation, chalk it up to the squad to follow up in the morning, back to the firehouse? what? How can a perp be allowed to lay low and just pop out 2 hours later in the same location? really? If that was my sector/assignment I would've been embarrassed. IMHO
C O July 01, 2014 at 03:29 PM
Seriously JGJR.... One thing the SCPD lacks is a sense of responsibility and pride for their sector/ patrol area. Old school cops would take this personally and do everything they could to be visible, and lower crime within their "real estate". I feel like the cops now spend more time worrying about how to spend their paychecks. No disrespect to the few hardworking cops out there in Suffolk. But I guess that's what you get when you hire nerds with sociology degrees instead of good, common sense using, hard working individuals who take the job to do police work and don't take it for the paycheck. That's not just Suffolk. PD's everywhere are more worried about hiring degrees then they are good capable candidates. All politics.
JGJR July 02, 2014 at 07:32 PM
No seriously... before I would jump to conclusions (which most people do nowadays) I would like to find out the details. Did the first victim report the attempted robbery from the scene, from the hospital, or not until the next day? That makes all the difference on how I view the sector cars actions. It's easy to monday morning the reports, the commands always did. All too often the street cop tries to flag a report for less than what it is, or the squad doesn't want it because without any solvability factors it will throw off their closed average, and we can't have that! Now you have two cases back to back at the same location within hours, same perp. Situation looks different if the first case doesn't get called in in a timely manner.

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