Police: Man threatened to stab victim with hypodermic needle during armed robbery in Boston

BOSTON (WHDH) - A Winthrop man is facing an armed robbery charge after police say he threatened to stab someone with a hypodermic needle in Boston Sunday night.

Mark Mazzone, 30, was arrested about 9:30 p.m. by Boston police officers responding to a report of a man threatening to stab another man with a hypodermic needle while demanding money on East Springfield Street, according to police.

The victim said Mazzone fled the scene on foot after he gave him the money out of his wallet.

Mugshot: Mark Mazzone, 30, of Winthrop

“There’s nothing you can do when someone tells you something like that,” the victim, who did not want to be identified, told 7News. “You just got to give them the money and let them run away.”

Mazzone was caught a short time later and was found with a hypodermic needle and the victim’s stolen money in his pants.

He was arraigned Monday in Boston Municipal Court, where he pleaded not guilty to charges including armed robbery and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.

The victim was not hurt but says the random attack has left him rattled.

“I got to be more careful,” the victim said. “What that actually means, practically, is unclear to me.”

Mazzone was ordered held on $500 bail.

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