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Suspect Charged in Hypodermic Needle Thefts

The suspect, identified as Angel Anthony Cintron, was apprehended Monday in Yonkers

By Shimon Prokupecz
|  Monday, Oct 1, 2012  |  Updated 9:43 PM EDT
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For over a month a man armed with a hypodermic needle he said contained the HIV virus has been robbing and terrorizing residents of the Bronx and Manhattan. Police say they've caught him.  News 4's John Noel reports on how authorities tracked him down.

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For over a month a man armed with a hypodermic needle he said contained the HIV virus has been robbing and terrorizing residents of the Bronx and Manhattan. Police say they've caught him. News 4's John Noel reports on how authorities tracked him down.

A suspect has been charged in at least 10 thefts in the Bronx and Manhattan in which victims were threatened with a hypodermic needle before being robbed.

The suspect, identified as Angel Anthony Cintron, was apprehended Monday in Yonkers by members of the NYPD's Bronx Warrant Squad without incident. They say they identified him through a tip to Crime Stoppers. 

Cintron was charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

The hypodermic needle robbery spree dates back to Aug. 16. In each incident, police say the suspect displayed a needle before demanding property from his victims, all of whom were male and the youngest of whom was 14. Cell phones, iPads and iPods were among the items stolen, police said.

No injuries were reported.

Cintron has 19 prior arrests, including on drugs and robbery charges. He served eight years in state prison for a robbery conviction and was released in 2008.

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