Two Elmont men were arrested early Friday, charged with breaking into a house and trying to steal a laptop computer, authorities said.
Nassau County police said Jamel Washington, 24, and Terrence McBride, 18, went to an apartment on Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont late Thursday to try to exchange a PlayStation 3 console for the laptop.
Police said the 40-year old victim refused and ordered the men to leave. As the victim closed the door, the defendants became irate and pushed the door open, police said.
Washington then threatened the victim with a 5-inch knife, while McBride grabbed a golf club and struck another man present in the apartment, police said.
The defendants then unsuccessfully tried to take the computer before fleeing, police said.
Police arrested Washington on Hempstead Turnpike and Elmont Road at 1 a.m.; McBride was arrested later on Hempstead Turnpike.
Both men, of Roquette Avenue, were charged with first-degree burglary, attempted robbery, criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon. They were arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.