Police Make Robbery Arrest at Walgreens
Diogenes Salcedo, 36, of Paterson, was arrested and charged with robbery Tuesday
Another alleged shoplifting attempt turned violent Tuesday, when a Paterson man allegedly threatened to stab a Walgreens security officer after he was stopped trying to leave the store without paying for razors, police said.
Diogenes Salcedo, 36, was arrested and charged with robbery, possession of a weapon, hindering his own apprehension for providing false information and possession of hypodermic needles, according to police reports.
Police received a report of a shoplifting in progress from the River Road Walgreens just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Sgt. Paul Scott was the first of six officers to arrive on the scene. When he arrived, Scott found three Walgreens employees struggling with Salcedo to keep him from getting away, according to police. Police said that Salcedo ceased fighting once Scott arrived on the scene to assist the employees, and was subsequently placed under arrest.
Store security officer Joel Sanchez told police that Salcedo had placed multiple packs of razors in his jacket before attempting to leave the store without paying for them.
According to police, a struggle ensued when Sanchez attempted to stop Salcedo from leaving the store. Another Walgreens employee and an unidentified citizen helped detain Salcedo until police arrived. Sanchez told police that Salcedo threatened to stab him if he was not allowed to leave the store.
Salcedo was found to be carrying two hypodermic syringes and an open box cutter, police said. A criminal check revealed four outstanding warrants for Salcedo from Elmwood Park, Paterson and Clifton.
In lieu of $25,000 bail, Salcedo was transported to Bergen County Jail. He's scheduled to appear in Muncipal Court on Jan. 11.