HAZLETON — Police are looking for a man they arrested New Year’s Day for allegedly breaking into a neighbor’s apartment to have sex with a woman while his girlfriend was in his apartment next door. Now he’s wanted for armed robbery.
Police allege that Moises Pichardo, 26, struck a man in the face with a pistol several times and robbed him at gunpoint in the area of 1st and Garfield streets at about 10:26 p.m. Wednesday. The victim was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton for treatment.
A warrant was issued for Pichardo’s arrest on charges of robbery, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, police said.
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 with a woman, and he told her he was checking the apartment because he saw that someone had kicked in the door.
Mundo believed Pichardo and the woman were having sex because there were condoms in the bedroom, police had said.
Later at his apartment, 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.”
Anyone with information on the robbery/assault or on Pichardo’s whereabouts is asked to call Hazleton police at 570-459-4940 or via dialing 911.