He asked to use the employee restroom, but was denied.

Instead, Suffolk County police said, the unidentified man pushed and punched the employee at the 7-Eleven store on William Floyd Parkway in Shirley at 9:45 p.m. Sept. 21, tore the phone line when the employee tried to call 911 -- and stole a 12-pack of beer.

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Now, police are asking the public's help identifying the suspect or two men who were with him during the late September robbery.

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Police have released photographs of the three men, all from surveillance video.

Police said the suspect wore a red shirt and had a chin-strap-type beard. Police did not release any other details.

Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.