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Nazareth robbery suspect’s unplanned escape foiled by Mother Nature, police say

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The 24-year-old Bath man spent the night hiding under a Nazareth porch before going to a grocery story to get warm, borough police say.

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It was out of desperation that an armed robbery suspect fled custody after a court hearing Monday, his girlfriend said.

On the lam for less than a day, Daniel Joseph Preziosi was arrested this morning in a Lower Nazareth Township supermarket restroom, police say.

The 24-year-old Bath man had faced charges related to an Oct. 19 armed robber of a Bath grocery store.

Back in the same Nazareth courtroom today, Preziosi saw his bail set at $175,000 on a newly filed escape charge.

“Unfortunately, you’re a flight risk,” District Judge John Capobianco told Preziosi.

Preziosi laughed, and replied, “Yeah,” which was followed by a long pause. “That’s a lot of money.”

Because he couldn’t post the $75,000 bail that kept him in Northampton County Prison following the robbery, Preziosi said he would unlikely be able to raise the $175,000.

The judge then warned Preziosi, saying, “I don’t want to get involved in anything here, but just use your head on the way out.”

Preziosi, who was dressed in gray sweat clothes, was shackled and handcuffed today.  Nazareth police officer Alan Koch held the back of Preziosi’s chair during the hearing. Prior to being moved into the courtroom, Preziosi was shackled to a wall in a holding room.

Instead of walking from the police station to the attached court building, as an extra precaution, Preziosi was driven around the block before being brought into court.

Preziosi was escorted from court without incident after the hearing.

‘He wasn’t thinking clearly’

 After the hearing, Preziosi was allowed to speak with his girlfriend, 19-year-old Samantha Tagliaterra. She wasn’t allowed in the courtroom today for the arraignment; she attended Monday’s hearing, also before Capobianco.

After court, a somewhat calmer Tagliaterra stressed that Preziosi had been upset and acted in desperation. Tagliaterra has been involved with Preziosi for a year and previously lived with him in an apartment in the 100 block of East Main Street in Bath.

“He wasn’t thinking clearly,” she said, fighting tears. “His lawyer (Christopher Shipman) wasn’t doing much for him. He didn’t realize it was going to be like all of this.”

Shipman this morning urged Preziosi to turn himself in to authorities. He could not be reached for further comment this afternoon.

Tagliaterra said Preziosi had a drug problem some time ago. He had served time for delivery of heroin, according to a probation violation report. Tagliaterra said he also was depressed.

“I don’t think he had a plan,” she said. “He was going to turn himself in because he was going to die out here” in the cold, snowy weather. “I love him and I will be here for him.”

Tagliaterra was not involved with the robbery or escape, authorities said, although police did track down her car outside her Bath apartment, above Fox’s Gentlemen’s Club, as part of the search for Preziosi.

Monday’s escape

As he was leaving court about 11:30 a.m. Monday, Preziosi ran off across the court’s parking lot, trailed by two constables, Koch, the Nazareth police officer, said in court papers. The officer was pulling up in his police cruiser at the time.

Preziosi, who was wearing a red prison jumpsuit, removed a transport belt from around his waist and dropped it in the parking lot, Koch said in court papers.

Preziosi ran west across South Green Street, going through a few back yards with constable Jose Garcia trailing several yards behind, Koch said. Police lost sight of Preziosi in the area of South Church Street, Koch said. A K-9 dog was unable to pick up a scent in that area, leading authorities to conclude he drove off, court papers say. That began the search for Tagliaterra’s car.

He did not drive off, but remained within five blocks of the court throughout the day and night, court records say. Police found his prison jumpsuit outside in the 100 block of Mauch Chunk Street in Nazareth.

Preziosi hid under a home’s front porch, leaving only when heading to Giant in Lower Nazareth Township to get warm, Nazareth police Chief Thomas Trachta said, refusing to identify the home. Police had yet to interview the homeowner, Trachta said this morning.

“It appears he had a bonehead idea to do this,” Trachta said of Preziosi. “There wasn’t much planning.”

Getting warm at Giant

 Preziosi came into the Giant grocery store about 10 a.m. today at Routes 191 and 248 looking to use the restroom and get warm, police said.

Due to what Trachta called “excellent media coverage,” several Giant employees recognized him and called authorities.

Nazareth officers took him into custody without struggle, police said.

When asked if Preziosi had anything to say when he was arrested, Trachta relayed Preziosi’s words, “It’s too damn cold.”

“Mother Nature got the best of him,” Trachta said.

Bath robbery suspect who escaped Monday remains out of prison, authorities say

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A charge of escape has been added against the 24-year-old.

This much we know early this morning: Daniel Joseph Preziosi, who escaped Monday after a preliminary hearing on armed robbery and related charges in a Nazareth court,  is not in Northampton County Prison.

A prison employee confirmed that much just after 7 o’clock.

Nazareth police couldn’t immediately be reached this morning for more information and a supervisor at the Northampton County dispatch center said as far as she knew, the 24-year-old was not arrested overnight.

When the 5-foot, 10-inch tall, 145-pound former Bath resident, who has black hair and brown eyes, is captured, he will face an addition charge of escape, which was filed Monday at District Judge John Capobianco’s court in Nazareth, according to court papers.

Preziosi is charged in an Oct. 19 robbery of a grocery store in Bath and was being held in Northampton County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail. He escaped Monday from two constables after the hearing in which the robbery-related charges were forwarded to Northampton County Court.

The car in which he rode away from the court was found later in Bath, Colonial Regional police reported Monday. It wasn’t clear where Preziosi’s girlfriend Samantha Tagliatera was. The vehicle was found in front of her apartment in Bath, but Colonial Regional police did not find Preziosi or Tagliatera there, police said.