Cops: Man made threats in fake-jewelry scam

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An Elmont man who sold another man fake jewelry Monday threatened his customer with a box-cutter after being asked for a refund, Nassau County police said.

Hector Vasquez, 44, of 30 Crystal St., is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and menacing after he refused to comply with the request of a refund, police said.

Vasquez sold the jewelry at about 9 p.m. for $60 in front of a restaurant on the 400 block of Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont, police said.

When the man realized the jewelry was fake, he asked Vasquez for a refund, police said. Vasquez threatened the man with a box-cutter, and the man then called police, police said.

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Fourth Precinct officers arrested Vasquez without incident, and there were no injuries, police said.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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