HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 31-year-old Teaneck man has been arrested and charged with robbery after he threatened a FedEx driver for a package before snatching it and running away with it.
After noon on Tuesday, September 1, Newon O. Byfield allegedly approached the driver on Polifly Road as he was delivering the package. Byfield, who the driver described as being six feet tall, dressed in black and barefoot, reportedly demanded the package and threatened to attack him if he didn’t, stating, “Give me the package or I’ll [expletive] you up.” A brief physical altercation ensued between the driver and the suspect before he took the package and fled on foot.
Police observed Byfield running across Route 80 and located him in the woods. The suspect then entered a creek, which a police detective jumped into to catch him. Byfield was apprehended behind the Hilton Hotel in Hasbrouck Heights, and a police lieutenant retrieved the stolen package under a vehicle a short distance from where the robbery occurred.
Byfield was charged with robbery and obstruction of administration of law and remanded to Bergen County Jail. An investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible, police said.
The Hackensack Police Department extends their gratitude to the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office New Jersey Transit Police Department, the South Hackensack, Hasbrouck Heights and the Moonachie Police Departments for their assistance.