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Fugitive tried to rob Newark airport store, police say

One man was taken into custody Friday morning when he tried to rob an electronics store in Newark Airport, authorities said. 

Ernesto Rodriguez-Zazueta, 46, who authorities said was a fugitive from the Drug Enforcement Agency, was arrested by Port Authority Police inside the airport.

Rodriguez-Zazueta allegedly entered a Blue Wire Electronics store in Terminal C of Newark Airport Friday around 7 a.m., authorities said. He went behind the counter, and used a pen to mimic a weapon while demanding cash from a shop worker, they said. 

The worker struggled with Rodriguez-Zazueta, but was able to call Port Authority Police. 

Officers apprehended and arrested Rodriguez-Zazueta. One officer sustained minor injuries while in a struggle with Rodriguez-Zazueta, but was quickly treated, authorities said. 

During processing, police said Rodriguez-Zazueta gave several false names before officers discovered his true identity. 

Records show that Rodriguez-Zazueta was the subject of a federal arrest warrant for illegal drug sales, and was listed on the DEA's most wanted list. The report was filed by St. Louis DEA officials, but Rodriguez-Zazueta's last listed address was in Norfolk, Nebraska.

Rodriguez-Zazueta was charged with robbery, resisting arrest and for hindering apprehension. 

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