A teenager armed with a hammer was arrested for allegedly trying to carjack a driver, who instead ran away from the suspect in Huntington on Wednesday afternoon, Suffolk County police said

Thomas Rivas was charged with attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police said the 19-year-old Huntington Station man was armed with a roofing hammer when he ordered the victim to hand over his wallet and keys while the victim was retrieving an item out of his trunk at the Waldbaum’s parking lot on Wall Street at 2 p.m.

The victim told Rivas he had no money and ran away before calling 911 and giving police the suspect’s description, police said.

Rivas, who did not give chase, was apprehended shortly later in front of the nearby Southdown Market, police said.

He will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.

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Timothy Bolger is the Editor in Chief of the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.