A fugitive returned to the Medford 7-Eleven he had robbed at gunpoint and was arrested after he asked for a ride from a photographer who noticed the man matched the robber's description, Suffolk County police said Tuesday.
Zeeshan Masood, 19, robbed an employee of the convenience store on Route 112 about 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, making his getaway in a Jeep Cherokee, police said.
Also in the Jeep were two other men — Walter Tinsley, 18, and Timothy Terry, 18, police said. All three live in Coram.
The Jeep ran a red light where Route 112 crosses Express Drive South, police said. When a Highway Patrol officer pulled over the Jeep, Masood ran away and his two companions were arrested, according to a police news release.
A loaded .40-caliber handgun was found in the Jeep, police said.
About two hours later, the cameraman called 911 to report that someone who fit the robber's description had asked him for a ride. Masood, who was riding a bike, ran into the nearby woods, police said.
Masood was spotted by aviation officers, police said, who guided canine officers to him. Masood did not follow their instructions, and got bit by a police dog. He was treated at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, police said.
All three men were charged with felonies: robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal use of a firearm. Masood also was charged with resisting arrest and harassment. The three men were arraigned Wednesday in First District Court in Central Islip.
Masood was held on bail of $201,500 bond or $75,750 cash. Tinsley was held on bail of $70,000 bond or $35,000 cash. Terry was held on bail of $30,000 bond or $10,000 cash. The court issued a temporary order of protection on all three, and they are due back in court Friday.