Man Arrested For Series Of Bronx Store Robberies By Threatening Employees With Needles

Published on February 03, 2017, 7:36 am
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The man behind a string of heists with a hypodermic needle was busted on Thursday, cops said.

Johan Hernandez, 43, allegedly robbed several businesses in Bronx, police said.

The string of stickups began at a Duane Reade on Southern Boulevard near E. 163rd Street in Foxhurst around 4:20 p.m. on December 15, 2016, where the robber swiped products from a shelf and stuffed them in his jacket pocket, cops said.

When a 25-year-old woman working at the pharmacy confronted the thief, he brandished a needle and threatened to stab her with it, according to officials. He fled the store with around $140 worth of merchandise.

On January 20, 2017, the suspect entered a nearby Walgreens on Westchester Ave. and Simpson Street around 12:30 p.m., and took products from a shelf, police said.

A 32-year-old employee confronted him, and he again brandished a needle and threatened to stab her with it, cops said. He fled the store towards Southern Boulevard.

The crook last struck a Dollar Tree on Hunts Point Avenue near Southern Boulevard around 12:15 p.m. January 24, 2017, according to authorities. He removed products from a shelf, and when confronted by a 40-year-old clerk, the suspect threatened to stab her with a needle.

He fled with $30 of merchandise.

None of the employees were injured during the robberies, according to officials.


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