HOLBROOK - Suffolk police say a man has been arrested for robbing an Italian ice shop in Holbrook.
Police say 31-year-old Christopher Ventrice entered the Ralph's Italian Ices on Grundy Avenue at around 10 p.m. Friday. He allegedly told an employee that he had a gun and demanded cash. He then fled on foot.
Suffolk officers responded to the scene, with help from canine and aviation units. A suspicious man on a bicycle who fit Ventrice's description was spotted on Maria Court in Holbrook shortly after the robbery.
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When an officer attempted to speak to the man, officials say he jumped off the bike and fled into a backyard. He was found hiding under a pool deck by officers who had help from a police dog, named McClane.
Ventrice was arrested without further incident. Police say he did not have a gun on him at the time of his arrest.
Ventrice, of Holbrook, was charged with first-degree robbery.