PATERSON, NJ - A 29-year-old Haledon man has been arrested in connection with a string of robberies and thefts in which food delivery drivers were the targets.

According to Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, Walter Pardo was arrested Sunday after being chased down and detained by a resident until police arrived.

Pardo is accused of calling food establishments between October 17 and October 25 and placing an order for food to be delivered. In each of these incidents Pardo is said to have approached the driver from a side yard and stated that the food was for him. Claiming that he only had a $100 bill he would ask the driver to bring him change before grabbing the money and fleeing through the yard he came through.

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In one incident, the suspect is said to have brandished a small pocket knife when the driver from Casa Mia Pizzeria caught up with him. In total Pardo has been charged with eight counts of robbery.

“The pandemic has created desperation and despair. However, it is no excuse to resort to crime,” Mayor Andre Sayegh said. “Therefore, if you break the law in Paterson, you will be brought to justice.“

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