Billerica man allegedly threatened to stab store worker with ‘dirty’ needle

A Billerica man who failed to appear in court after two incidents in Revere last year finally appeared before a judge last week, the Suffolk County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Paul Gioiosa, 44, was arraigned in Chelsea District Court for the incidents on Thursday June 2, the office said, one in which he allegedly threatened a shop worker with a “dirty” needle.

Revere Police responded to a call about a man, later identified as Gioiosa, who threatened the clerk with a hypodermic needle around 8:10 p.m. on December 20, 2021, the office reports.

Gioiosa apparently threatened to stab the salesman after he was told he couldn’t use a outlet in the store to charge his phone. The incident was captured by a security camera, the bureau reports.

When officers found Gioiosa at the nearby Wonderland T stop, he fled on his bicycle and led police on a traffic chase. Police eventually arrested Gioiosa after colliding with another vehicle and found the needle in his possession, according to the office.

After being released on bail, Gioiosa did not appear in court. He also faces charges related to another incident in which he allegedly attacked an MBTA employee at the same station, the office reports.

Gioiosa will return to court on July 1 for a preliminary hearing in the two cases.

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