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HAZLETON — City police and state police at Hazleton say they captured Moises Pichardo on charges he pistol whipped another man during an armed robbery earlier this month.

Pichardo, 26, was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on Monday after he was arraigned on robbery and firearm offenses by District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre.

Police allege Pichardo struck a man in the face with a pistol several times and robbed him at gunpoint in the area of First and Garfield streets on Jan. 8. The victim was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton, police said.

Pichardo allegedly pistol whipped the man four days after he was released from the county prison when he posted $5,000 bail on an unrelated trespass charge, according to court records.

Police arrested Pichardo on Jan. 1 after Erica Mundo reported she came home to find the front door to her apartment damaged and the deadbolt, which she doesn’t use, locked from inside. She said she found Pichardo in the bathroom and a woman in a bedroom, according to the criminal complaint.

Mundo believed Pichardo and the woman were having sex because there were condoms in the bedroom, police said.

Pichardo asked police not to tell his live-in girlfriend that he was in the rear apartment with another woman due to the sexual activity they were participating in, police had said.

Police said Pichardo told them he was in his neighbor’s apartment because he was “too cheap to get a hotel room.”

Pichardo was arraigned on charges of robbery, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, theft, simple assault and reckless endangerment. He also was charged by state police at Hazleton with receiving stolen property, firearms not to be carried without a license and illegal sale or transfer of firearms.

Cronauer set bail at $75,000.

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