Man on DEA Most Wanted List Tries to Rob Store at Newark Airport With Pen: Police

What to Know

  • A ticketed passenger was arrested after he tried to rob a store at Newark Airport
  • Police say the man tried to rob the store with a pen but struggled with the employee and was apprehended by officers
  • While processing the man, police say they determined he was the subject of a federal arrest warrant and on the DEA most wanted list

A man on the DEA most wanted list was arrested after he tried to rob a store at Newark Airport with a pen, police said.

Ernesto Rodriguez-Zazueta, 46, was a ticketed passenger at the airport during the Friday morning robbery, police said.

Rodriguez-Zazueta allegedly went into the Blue Wire electronics store in Terminal C Friday morning, then walked behind a counter and stuck a pen to the back of an employee to mimick a weapon. 

He demanded money from the employee, who began struggling with him and eventually got the attention of Port Authority police officers, according to police. 

Rodriguez-Zazueta allegedly resisted arrest and struggled with the officers, but they ultimately arrested him. 

One officer suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital. No one else was hurt. 

During arrest processing, Rodriguez-Zazueta allegedly gave police several fake names, but they eventually determined his identity and that he was wanted on a federal arrest warrant related to illegal drug sales. Police said he was on the DEA most wanted list. 

He faces charges of robbery, resisting arrest and hindering apprehension. 

It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney. 

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