Police: Bayonne dollar store worker subdues shoplifter with knife before cops arrive


An employee at a dollar store in Bayonne managed to subdue a shoplifter armed with a knife before the police arrived to arrest him, authorities said.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Darnell Sanford, 54, of New York, New York, was charged with robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.

Sanford was taken into custody at 9:25 a.m. yesterday morning from Family Dollar, located at 1347 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

Officers responded on a report of a man, later identified as Sanford, actively engaged in a fight with a store employee while attempting to flee after shoplifting merchandise.

According to a store employee, after observing Sanford leave with stolen merchandise, he confronted Sanford and removed a bag from him that contained the stolen goods. Sanford responded by taking a fighting stance and removing a small pocket knife from his pant pocket.

The man was able to subdue Sanford and take him to the ground where Sanford, again, attempted to open the pocket knife, but was unsuccessful as the victim knocked it out of his hand. The victim was able to detain Sanford until the arrival of the police, officials said.

Sanford was placed under arrest and the shoplifted proceeds, which had a total value of $61.73, were returned to the store. No injuries were reported. A search incident to Sanford’s arrest led to the recovery of narcotic paraphernalia from his person.

Additionally, during the arrest process, Sanford was discovered to be wanted on four outstanding warrants: three out of Jersey City and 1 out of Union Township, authorities said.

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