A Clifton man allegedly armed with a folding knife chased a pair of people through downtown Paterson early Sunday morning, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.
Erony Sanchez, 23, was arrested after the two people flagged a sheriff’s patrol car at around 2:46 a.m. on Church and Ellison streets. Both victims, who only spoke Spanish, were yelling for help. They managed to tell the officer a man with a knife was chasing them.
The officer observed the suspect a short distance away. When Sanchez saw the officer, he allegedly ran.
Officer Joseph Federico chased and arrested Sanchez. During the chase, Sanchez allegedly threw the knife on the ground. A folding knife was recovered at the scene, authorities said.
Sanchez was found in possession of three bundles of heroin.
Sanchez was charged with resisting arrest by flight, terroristic threats, criminal mischief, drug possession, two weapons offenses, burglary, and aggravated assault on an officer.
“Because of the quick action of Officer Federico, no one was hurt during this incident and an individual with a knife and drugs was apprehended,” Berdnik said.