Cops: Footprints in snow lead to robbery suspect

Victor Fabian, 21, of Massapequa, was arrested Friday,

Victor Fabian, 21, of Massapequa, was arrested Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, on robbery, weapons and other charges after allegedly showing a handgun and demanding cash from the register at a Massapequa Dunkin' Donuts earlier in the day, Nassau police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

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Nassau cops found at least one upside to Thursday's nor'easter: Footprints in the snow helped them catch a man who, police said, robbed a Massapequa Dunkin' Donuts.

Police said Victor Fabian, 21, of 350 Park Lane in Massapequa walked into the doughnut shop on 1000 Carmans Rd. about 4:26 a.m. Thursday and asked for a doughnut. When Fabian tried to pay for the doughnut with his debit/credit card, police said, it was declined. Fabian then showed the 25-year-old female employee a handgun and demanded cash from the register.

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The employee complied, and Fabian fled on foot toward Carmans Road with the stolen money, police said. Fabian was described as wearing a black North Face hooded jacket, dark colored sweatpants with a white stripe and a dark, multicolored cloth across his face.

Soon after, Seventh Precinct officers responded to the Dunkin' Donuts and saw a single set of footprints in the fresh snow outside the store. They followed the prints to a house on Park Lane, where Fabian was arrested. Police also found a glass pipe containing "what appeared to be marijuana" and a pill believed to be oxycodone inside the home.

Fabian was charged with first-degree robbery, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree criminal use of a firearm, and was arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Bail was set at $201,000 bond or $100,500 cash, records show. Fabian had not posted bail by Friday evening.

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