Hilton Garden Inn - Stony Brook

Patrons robbed at Port Jeff Station IHOP

September 21, 2011 | 04:28 PM
Two couples were sitting down for breakfast at the Port Jefferson Station IHOP on Sunday when they received more than they ordered.

"A young man comes in a few minutes after them and announces that he's robbing them," said Lt. Greg McVeigh of the Suffolk County Police Department's 6th Precinct.

According to McVeigh, the suspect, who wore a bandanna over his face, entered the restaurant on Route 112 at around 7:30 am on Sept. 18 wielding a carving knife. The couples, who were sitting at separate tables, were robbed of cash.

McVeigh said the man never went to the cash register and the robbery was "over in a matter of a few minutes." He also said the four patrons and three employees were the only people in the IHOP at the time of the incident.

According to police, the suspect fled on foot and was described as a white man in his 20s who is about six feet tall and weighs between 180 and 200 pounds. He was wearing dark clothing.

The manager of the IHOP, who did not give her name, said the well-being of its customers is the restaurant's "No. 1 concern" and it is cooperating with the police. She said because the investigation is ongoing, she did not think it would be appropriate to comment on the incident.

Anyone with information may call the Sixth Squad at 854-8652 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS (8474). All calls will be kept confidential.

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