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Man threw laptop, brandished knife during theft at Roosevelt Field mall, cops say

A Queens man stole an Xbox controller and, police said, threw a laptop at Microsoft store employee at the Roosevelt Field mall.

Ashley Eugene, 30, became angry when he tried to return a wireless controller about 1 p.m. Friday, Nassau County police said. He took a replacement controller off the shelf and began to walk out of the store, police said in a news release Saturday.

When an employee confronted him about paying for the controller, police said, Eugene picked up a laptop and threw it, injuring the employee’s hand. Police said Eugene later returned to the Garden City store with a knife and damaged a computer monitor.

Police located Eugene during a traffic stop and arrested him on charges of robbery, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon, police said. He was set to be arraigned Saturday morning at First District Court in Hempstead.


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