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William Hotz, N.Y. man, arrested in "free ice cream" dispute

William Hotz

William Hotz
(CBS) VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. - A man from Long Island, N.Y. has been arrested after a dispute over free ice cream turned violent, police say.

CBS affiliate WCBS reports William Hotz went to a Carvel store Wednesday and ordered a $3.50 ice cream cone. He tried to pay with a coupon for "one free ice cream" but the store owner, Joan Zhou, said the coupon Hotz gave her expired in January. She told him he needed to pay, but he refused, said  Nassau County police.

When police arrived, Hotz resisted arrest by flailing his arms and twisting his body, police said. Zhou suffered a laceration and swelling to her lip.

"Nobody ever punched me," Zhou told WCBS.

William Hotz was charged with robbery and resisting arrest. WCBS reports he is set to appear in court Thursday.