Nassau County police arrested a Westbury man Saturday morning and charged him with robbing a Westbury McDonald’s restaurant earlier in the morning.

Police said Lyndon Q. Hawkins, 51, of 101 Taylor Ave., demanded money from a cashier about 5:40 a.m. at the restaurant at 35 Old Country Road. There were no customers in the restaurant at the time, police said.

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The 58-year-old cashier handed over cash after Hawkins said he had a gun, then reported the robbery to police after he ran away. A short time later, police found Hawkins in the alley of the Pines Motor Lodge, where Hawkins lived, authorities said.

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Officers chased Hawkins through the alley and recovered the money, but found him unarmed. He was charged with first-degree robbery and is scheduled to be arraigned Sunday morning in First District Court in Hempstead.