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Robber Threatened to Shoot McDonald’s Worker Over Burgers, Cops Say

Juan Mendez-DePaz
Juan Mendez-DePaz

An alleged real-life Hamburglar is accused of walking up to a McDonald’s drive thru in Riverside and threatening to shoot a worker inside if the victim didn’t hand over hamburgers with a side of cash.

New York State police said they arrested Juan Mendez-DePaz in the parking lot and charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police said the 33-year-old Flanders man, who was donning a cowboy hat at the time, reached in his vest after telling the worker that he was armed with a pair of guns shortly after midnight Saturday.

The worker shut the window and called 911. The suspect allegedly flashed a large knife on his hip and briefly struggled with Troopers before being taken into custody, police said.

Mendez-DePaz will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip.

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