But the 49-year-old victim called 911 and Nassau Police located and arrested the suspect, Dominick Marinelli, 20, of Hicksville a short distance away, police said.
The incident took place about 12:35 a.m. on Tuesday as the victim was walking toward the train to return home from work, police said. The victim was approached from behind near the east parking lot of the train station when the struggle ensued.
The suspect fled but the victim provided a description of Marinelli and it was broadcast to Nassau Police, who converged on the area. Police found Marinelli a short distance from the station and he was arrested without incident.
The victim, who sustained cuts and abrasions about his body, refused medical attention. During a search of the area, the victim’s property was recovered.
Marinelli is charged with a felony count of robbery and will be arraigned in First District Court, Hempstead Wednesday.