A mother driving with two children in her car was carjacked on Sound Avenue in Wading River on New Year's Eve, Riverhead Police said.
When the mother had no money to give the alleged culprit, police said her seven-year-old son gave the man a dollar.
According to Riverhead Police, a woman was driving on Sound Avenue, between Hulse Landing Road and Baiting Hollow Hill on Monday with her seven-year-old and one-and-a-half year old children when a man flagged her down around noon.
Although the woman's description of the man was "very vague," Riverhead Detective Sgt. Joseph Loggia said she told police he was a black male of medium build, approximately 5'10, wearing all dark clothing with a hoodie.
Loggia said although the suspect never displayed a weapon, "at some point during the conversation, he asked for money and mentioned he had a gun."
The suspect, police said, got in the vehicle and asked the woman if she had any money; she said no. "Her son gave him a dollar," Loggia said.
Next, police said, the man gave instructions to be driven to Osborn Avenue, where he got out of the car on Middle Road just east of the traffic circle.
Although a number of robberies have taken place in the past weeks, including an incident at Tanger where a woman was tied up, and a robbery at knifepoint of a couple walking to the parking lot after leaving the police said they are not investigating any connection between the robberies.
"We haven't made that leap yet," Loggia said.
Loggia said police are waiting to interview the witness to the alleged carjacking again and the investigation is ongoing.