Man accused of assaulting clerk, stealing beer

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A 27-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night, minutes after he robbed a 7-Eleven in Syosset -- attacking a store clerk who questioned him about his identification, police said.

James Eisinger, whose address is unknown, was arrested by Nassau County police Second Precinct officers near the Syosset train station.

He was charged with third-degree robbery and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. He also faces a charge of second-degree criminal contempt, stemming from what police said was a previous order of protection.

Eisinger was arraigned Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead and held on a $10,000 bail. A temporary order of protection was also issued against him.

Police said Eisinger entered the 7-Eleven on Berry Hill Road just before 6:30 p.m., picked out a beer and other items, placed them on the counter for purchase -- then, when asked for identification, handed the clerk a Florida identity card.

The clerk questioned Eisigner about his address, police said. Police said Eisinger became "agitated" and jumped the counter, striking the clerk on the side of the face.

Eisinger then grabbed the beer and a pack of a candy and fled to a waiting auto, police said. But, police said, a witness in the parking lot took the license plate and called 911.

Eisinger was arrested a short time later, police said.

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With Ellen Yan

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