Corrections Officer Doug Herman and his wife were watching their daughters practice at a karate school shortly before 6 p.m. when he looked outside and saw two men running, one of whom was wearing a badge, said Bill Maer, a sheriff’s spokesman.
Herman, armed with his off-duty weapon, joined the pursuit after identifying himself as a law enforcement officer. The man with the badge was a security officer who told Herman the man he was chasing had a knife, Maer said.
Herman saw the fleeing man, later identified as Osvaldo Fornes, 52, of Paterson, throw an object at a retaining wall near Hamburg Turnpike, caught up with the man and held him for Wayne police, Maer said.
Herman found a knife in Fornes pocket, and Wayne police later found a larger knife by the retaining wall, Maer said.
Fornes had been pushing a loaded shopping cart in the store when he was confronted by the security guard, who was not identified, Maer said. The security guard and Fornes scuffled, and Fornes ran out of the store with the guard in pursuit, Maer said.
Fornes was charged with armed robbery, shoplifting, and possession of a weapon, Maer said.