Alleged tip-jar robber is disarmed

Wednesday June 27, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A man who allegedly robbed a woman of her tips and then threatened her husband with a knife when confronted about it is being held in jail following his arraignment on Tuesday.

In Central Berkshire District Court, Robert D. Packard, 44, of Union Street, had not-guilty pleas entered for him on single counts of unarmed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.

According to the Pittsfield Police, on Monday just before 3 p.m. Packard went into the Amazing Pavilion restaurant at the Dunham Mall and ordered food.

While standing near the counter, he allegedly reached in to a tip jar, stole about $10, pushed Cindy Chen out of the way when she tried to stop him, and then ran out of the restaurant.

Chen's husband, Bo Lin, chased Packard down the street and caught up with him near the Berk shire Juvenile Court on North Street, where Packard pulled a knife and threatened Lin with it, according to a police report.

Lin, with the help of two bystanders, was able to disarm Packard and retrieve the money, police said. After the incident, Chen identified Packard and gave a statement to police, but both she and Lin declined to press charges. Lin owns the restaurant.

On Tuesday, Judge Fredric D. Rutberg ordered Packard be remanded to jail in lieu of $250 cash bail and ordered that if released he stay away from the restaurant.

Packard is being represented by attorney Joshua C. Hochberg.


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