New York April 23 2017
A crazed shoplifter jabbed three security guards with a hypodermic needle at the Macy’s in Herald Square, then claimed he had AIDS and hepatitis C, police sources said Thursday.
Robert Percodani, 25, was out on parole for just over two months when he tried to steal several Michael Kors handbags from the department store’s flagship location on W. 34th St. at about 3:30 p.m., police sources said.
The store’s security guards tried to stop him, and he struggled, puncturing three with the needle and biting another in the leg, cops said.
“I’m going to stab you! I have HIV!” he said during the scrum, according to a criminal complaint.
He was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on robbery, assault and other charges, and remains held on an out-of-state arrest warrant, officials said.
Percodani is a heroin user, and has seven past arrests, police sources said. He lives in the city men’s shelter on 30th St. by First Avenue, sources said.
Percodani, who was convicted of criminal possession of stolen property in 2015, was conditionally released to parole on Feb. 15.