A knife-wielding Massapequa man who fled police officers Wednesday during an attempted arrest at a Walmart in Westfield Sunrise Mall didn't get far, apprehended moments later at a nearby Sears, police said.
Brian L. Huber, 23, of 23 Plymouth Dr., was arrested by Seventh Precinct officers just after 11:30 a.m. and charged with second-degree menacing, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and petty larceny, Nassau County police said. He was arraigned Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead and held on a bail of $25,000 bond or $12,500 cash. He was represented by Legal Aid, which has a policy of not commenting on cases.
Police said officers recovered a folding hunting knife, batteries and an Xbox from Huber during his arrest, which followed a brief struggle.
Officers had responded to the mall after police said a 911 call reported a man with a knife at the Walmart. There, police said, officers saw Huber opening packages with the knife and attempted to arrest him, when he "began to fight" with them -- causing officers to fall into the aisle shelving.
Huber then broke free and fled, police said.
Police said Huber was seen moments later entering the nearby Sears store through the merchandise pick-up area. A store employee approached Huber, but the suspect threatened the employee with the knife.
Huber was then located in the store parking lot by additional officers, who arrested him after a brief struggle, police said.
With Ellen Yan