ELIZABETH — A 32-year-old Rahway man was convicted of first degree armed robbery and related weapons charges this week, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.
Michael Giuliano was arrested on Feb. 2, 2011, shortly after robbing the Rite Aid pharmacy on Central Avenue in Clark. According to Assistant Prosecutor Brent A. Bramnick, who prosecuted the case, Giuliano entered the store dressed in dark clothing, with his face covered, and preceded to the pharmacy counter where he brandished a knife and demanded narcotics from employees. Giuliano then filled a garbage bag full of various medications and fled the store.
A Good Samaritan, who was standing at the entrance to the store, called 9-1-1 and followed Giuliano from the store and for several blocks until police arrived, said Bramnick. The Good Samaritan, a truck driver from Clark, pointed out the suspect to officers and Giuliano was arrested.
Giuliano faces up to 20 years in state prison when he is sentenced in April before Judge Frederic R. McDaniel.