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Ralph's Italian Ices employee refuses to pay would-be robber, chases him off, Nassau police say

A customer is served Friday at Ralph's Italian

A customer is served Friday at Ralph's Italian Ices in Farmingdale. Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

Here's the scoop.

Nassau police said a would-be robber is on ice after he walked into a Ralph’s Italian Ices in Farmingdale around 4:40 p.m. Thursday, handed a female employee a note demanding cash, and said the woman promptly told him no.

The 53-year-old woman then went and chased the man out of the store, located at 850 Main St. Across the street to the east of Ralph's, police said, the man grabbed an American flag off the front of a building, turned to the woman and attempted to frighten her off.

But police said the employee wasn't buying it and, as one of the other Ralph's employees yelled for someone to call 911, the man dropped the flag and ran away.

Alert Suffolk cops found the man, identified as Vincent Baxter, 21, of Amityville, a short time later near the intersection of Route 110 and Del Drive in East Farmingdale. Suffolk police arrested him and turned him over to Nassau.

Baxter is now charged with third-degree attempted robbery, second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal mischief, police said.

Employees at the shop Friday said the woman was not working, and the manager couldn't be reached for comment.

Baxter was arraigned Friday in First District Court in Mineola, where the case was continued and a temporary order of protection was issued, according to online court records. Baxter's attorney, John Marshall Jr., said Friday evening: "Hopefully we will reach a just resolution in short order."

With Robert Brodsky

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