A Hempstead man, who attacked a store security guard attempting to keep him from stealing items at a supermarket in Freeport, was arrested and charged with robbery Tuesday, Nassau County police said.

The incident occurred at the Compare Foods supermarket on Merrick Road at 9:21 p.m.

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Police said Michael Everett, 55, of 139 Terrace Ave., was charged with first-degree robbery after he attempted to strike the security guard with a mini meat cleaver he had hidden in the waistband of his pants, police said. He faces arraignment in First District Court in Hempstead on Wednesday.

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Police said store security at the market saw Everett "removing food items and attempting to exit the store without paying for them" and that a security guard attempted to stop Everett -- only to be attacked.

A struggle ensued, police said, before Everett was subdued and detained for arrest.

Police said no injuries were reported.