Deputies have arrested an armed robber who was posing as a UPS deliveryman in Pompano Beach, authorities said.
Allen Perez, 28, allegedly robbed Marie Jean Pierre, 65, when he knocked on her door asking her to sign for a package last month, The Broward Sheriff's Office said in a release Tuesday.
Deputies said when Pierre opened the door to sign the clipboard, Perez pulled out his gun from his waistband. Pierre shoved the suspect and screamed for help, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
A neighbor, identified as 44-year-old Claudia Kretzer, heard the screams and walked outside to see what was happening. The fake UPS deliveryman saw Kretzer holding her phone and assumed she was snapping a photo of the scene so he wrestled her to the ground and stole her phone, deputies said.
Two packages were left behind during the Feb. 27 incident: an empty box and a box full of zip ties and duct tape. Officials later found several items that link Perez to this robbery in his home and car, the BSO said.
Perez is currently on probation in Palm Beach County for aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony in New York. He has been charged with robbery with a firearm and aggravated assault.