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Police: Selden man robbed Patchogue gas station after attempt at nearby liquor store

Michael Ward, 48, of Selden, was arrested Friday,

Michael Ward, 48, of Selden, was arrested Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, and charged with robbery and attempted robbery after he tried to rob liquor store on East Main Street in Patchogue and then robbed a nearby gas station, Suffolk police said. Credit: SCPD

A Selden man was arrested Friday after he attempted to rob a Patchogue store, then robbed a gas station minutes later, Suffolk County police said.

Police said Michael Ward, 48, of Selden, attempted to rob Main Street Wines and Liquors at about 8:15 p.m. He placed his hand in his sweatshirt pocket and demanded money from the cashier, but the employee pulled out a baseball bat and Ward fled, police said.

Then, police received a call from a gas station on Route 112 at about 8:20 p.m. Police said he again placed his hand in his sweatshirt pocket and demanded money from the employee, who complied. Ward fled in a white sport utility vehicle, police said.

Patrol officers found and arrested Ward a short time later. He was charged with third-degree attempted robbery and third-degree robbery and scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Saturday.

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