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March 18, 2014

Police: Haverhill man arrested after pulling knife on Kohl's security

PLAISTOW — A Haverhill man was arrested Saturday after police said he pulled a knife on a Kohl’s security officer.

Deputy police Chief Kathleen Jones said police received a call from security officers at Kohl’s at 24 Plaistow Road just after 3 p.m. Saturday.

“A male had concealed several pairs of sneakers in a backpack,” she said.

Police later identified the suspect as Matthew Gelardi, 19, of Haverhill.

While officers were responding to the store, Jones said, they received information that Gelardi was on the run.

“The dispatcher received information that he had escaped from the store and taken a knife and pointed it in a threatening manner at the security officer,” she said.

The security officer then chased Gelardi into the woods next to the store, Jones said.

“Security told us that he dropped the knife and a small black box in the woods while running,” she said.

Police arrived at the scene and Gelardi surrendered shortly after, Jones said.

“Our officer was yelling into the woods and saw him coming out of the brush nearby,” she said. “We were then able to put him into custody.”

Jones said after Gelardi was put into custody, a police K-9 was sent into the woods. The dog found a knife, one Nike sneaker and a sunglasses case which contained hypodermic needles, Jones said.

Gelardi was charged with a felony robbery, resisting arrest and false evidence.

“Once someone pulls a knife on someone, it then becomes an armed robbery,” Jones said.

Gelardi was arraigned yesterday and is being held on $5,000 cash bail in county jail. He has a probable cause hearing scheduled for March 30.

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