A man and woman who were out trick-or-treating with two children were charged after punching a deli clerk and stealing packages of cookies Saturday when they became angry over the type of free Halloween treats the Inwood store had given out, police said.

Daquan Rose, 26, and Samone Sturgis, 23, both of 409 Beach 51st St., Far Rockaway, were charged with robbery and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

They were both held on $3,500 cash or bond at arraignment in First District Court in Hempstead.

Nassau County police said the incident occurred about 3 p.m. while the two were out trick-or-treating with one defendant's brother, 10, and the 9-year-old daughter of a family friend.

Police said the group entered the Burnside Deli, at 267 Burnside Ave., and an argument began with the clerk over what type of Halloween treat the store was offering. Both defendants were asked to leave.

Sturgis became angry and began stealing packages of cookies from the counter area, police said, and when the clerk tried to stop her, both she and Rose began punching the employee in the face and then left the store. After the clerk followed the suspects into the parking lot, Rose picked up a piece of wood and threatened to beat him with it, police said.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

The couple, along with the two children, then left. The clerk, who had suffered a cut on his eye, called 911.

Police found the couple a short distance away at Pearl Street and Rockaway Turnpike.

The children were released to an adult family friend.