Police: Tree Branch-Wielding Man Robbed 7-Eleven Store In Central Islip

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — It may not have been a weapon of choice but rather one of convenience.

Suffolk County police say a Ronkonkoma man was arrested after trying to rob a 7-Eleven store in Central Islip Thursday night using a large tree branch.

Michael Zimmerman, 31, is accused of walking into the store around 11:30 p.m. and demanding money from the clerk.

After being denied, police said Zimmerman struck the clerk several times with the branch.

Police said Zimmerman took off on his motorcycle which was parked in the lot after the clerk fought him off but didn’t get very far.

An off-duty Nassau County police officer blocked the motorcycle after he saw Zimmerman being chased by the clerk and a small group of customers

The officer held Zimmerman until Suffolk County police arrived.

Zimmerman has been charged with robbery in the first degree.

If convicted, what is the appropriate punishment in this case? Sound off below…

  • mark

    That is a ridiculous question. Note to the folks running this comment section/website: Government is not supposed to be in the forgiveness business, but the justice business (along with security, but that is a subject for a different day). You hear this a lot: “But he is mentally ill.” SO! People who are mentally deficient still have the capacity to obey and that is what is expected. But let him go? …Why so he can do it again? …or worse?

    How about Lock him up? That’s stupid. If you want to do that why not just let him roam free?

  • Joseph Becket

    Oh that’s awful… a 7-Eleven by my house was robbed by my house, made me scared to go there. 7 -Eleven is a great company, but like many nationwide businesses it can have some weak spots. I was surfing the internet and I found this site where people can vent about poor customer service or products they received… it can get really funny. I would recommend you to check it out here: http://ventme.com/companies/view/94

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