Ron LeeFeb 16, 2017, 10:13 amFeb 16, 2017, 2:06 pm

Nassau PD investigate 2 attempted robberies involving machete-wielding suspect

Detectives say incidents occurred in Seaford and Farmingdale

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Nassau County Police are investigating an attempted robbery involving a machete at a Dunkin Donuts in Seaford, and are now trying to figure out if the same person is responsible for a similar incident that took place less than an hour later.

At this time, Nassau County detectives are not yet sure if the two incidents are related, but they say that both appeared to involve a machete with the first being an attempted robbery at a Dunkin Donuts on Merrick Road.

Surveillance photos show a male suspect that police say is connected to at least one of the two robberies that happened within an hour of each other.

The first one happened at 9:12 p.m. Wednesday night when a man entering the Dunkin Donut displayed a machete and demanded money from the store's cashier.

After being told there was no money police say the man, who had his face covered, ran out of the store, and into the parking lot.

A store worker named Mohammed showed up a few minutes after the incident took place. He told FiOS1 News that his male co-worker, who was on duty at the time, is relatively new to the job and while he's ok now, he was very shaken up.

Police say the man who they are looking for is described as being five feet, seven inches tall. He was wearing a black hat, dark colored jacket, blue jeans, black and white sneakers and black gloves.

At this time, however, it is not clear if the same man is responsible for a similar crime that took place about a half hour later at a Carvel on Northwest Drive in Farmingdale. Police say around 9:43 p.m., a man who appeared to have a machete walked into the store and demanded money.

Newly released surveillance photos show him wearing a dark gray jacket, a black ski hat and a dark gray scarf covering his face.

Nassau County police say they are still investigating whether there is any connection between the two incidents.

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