Riverhead Police have charged a Coram man with attempted robbery after he tried to forcibly remove a laptop from a woman sitting in her vehicle in the Walmart parking lot Wednesday evening.

Patrol officers responded to a 911 call about a disturbance in the Walmart parking lot at 1890 Old Country Road, Riverhead Police said in a press release this morning.

Officers determined that a man had had attempted to forcibly steal a laptop computer from a woman sitting in her vehicle outside the store, police said. The man, later identified as Derrick Dixon, 46, of Coram, was detained and subsequently arrested on a charge of Attempted Robbery in the Third Degree.

The Riverhead Town Police Detective Division was notified and responded to assist in the investigation, according to the release.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call the Riverhead Town Police Department at 631-727-4500 ext. 312. All calls will be kept confidential, police said.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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