Citizen tip leads to arrest of alleged pizza parlor robber

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 5:10pm

With the help of a citizen’s tip, Metro police identified a 43-year-old man they believe robbed a Palermo Pizza clerk at knifepoint last month. But as it turns out, he was already in jail.

Daniel Crisantos is now charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly holding a knife to a cashier’s neck while taking money from the register on March 14 inside Palermo Pizza at 3920 Apache Trail, according to police. Crisantos, of Saunders Avenue, is in jail in lieu of $80,000 bond.

Police arrested Crisantos early last Thursday for failing to appear on a probation violation stemming from a 2009 conviction of patronizing a prostitute. On Friday, Metro police released surveillance photos of the robbery, asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect.

A citizen’s tip led to the identification of Crisantos as the robbery suspect. The robbery victim was then able to identify him as the suspect from a photo lineup.

Last week, police said the suspect at the time, now identified as Crisantos, had been to the restaurant on Saturday, March 12, to ask for money to pay for medication after lifting his shirt and showing customers an open stomach wound that appeared infected.

A customer gave him cash. But police said Crisantos returned two days later and robbed the clerk, saying he needed money for surgery. At the time of the robbery, the suspect wore a blue jacket that appeared dirty from his stomach wound.