The owner and two employees at a telephone call center in Riverhead thwarted a robbery when they subdued a gunman and held him for police, authorities said.
The robbery attempt occurred at International Connection on Osborn Avenue about 8:45 p.m. Monday, according to Riverhead police.
Nicholas Savino, 33, of Riverhead, entered the business, displayed a handgun, and demanded money, police said.
Instead, police said, owner Luis Suret and employees Edgar Bautista and Christian Flecha wrestled with Savino, subduing him for police. The gun turned out to be a BB gun.
"The business is mine, and he came in to rob us with a gun in his hand," Suret, 38, a native of Guatemala, said Tuesday. "We come to this country to better ourselves, and I thank God every day that I am being successful through hard work, so I am not going to allow this person to come and take the money I earn working from 6 in the morning to 11 at night."
Savino was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery, police said. Judge Richard Ehlers of Riverhead Town Justice Court set bail at $300,000 cash or credit card, and Savino's next court appearance is Friday, a town spokeswoman said.
Police said Savino and Bautista were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center to be treated for injuries suffered in the tussle. The nature of their injuries was unknown.