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Carlstadt PD: Nurse Pulls Knife After Drug Store Drive-Up Window Delay

Amanda Schneider
Amanda Schneider Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy CARLSTADT PD

CARLSTADT, N.J. – A registered nurse from East Rutherford threatened another driver with a knife at a Carlstadt pharmacy drive-up window after she became frustrated with a delay, police said Tuesday night.

The victim was with his wife and daughter at the Walgreens drive-up on Hoboken Road, picking up a prescription, when 31-year-old Amanda Schneider “pulled around the front of his car” and “yelled obscenities at him because he was waiting at the service window for an extended amount of time,” Police Chief Thomas Nielsen said.

The victim said he cursed her back, received his order, and then pulled next to Schneider's car to explain the delay “was due to the store employee having taken so long to locate his prescription and not his fault,” the chief said.

He tried to drive away, but Schneider “suddenly drove up to his vehicle and exited her vehicle while holding an opened folding knife and yelling her father was the ‘Chief of Police’ and she would cut the complainant,” Nielsen said.

Schneider, who remained at the scene, “gave a similar account of the events but stated she felt threatened by the complainant so she drove her vehicle around his so she could exit her vehicle and take his picture with her cell phone,” the chief said.

She “admitted she falsely told the complainant her father is the chief of police and he had better leave her alone,” he said, “but [she] denied having produced a knife during that encounter.

“She was asked if she had a knife in her possession and she indicated she may have one inside her one of her bags.”

Officers found a Smith and Wesson Black OPS folding knife that matched the knife the man described.,” the chief said.

When asked about the knife, Schneider said she”forgot she had it” but denied pulling it out, he said.

Schneider was released on a court summons charging her with making terrorist threats and two weapons possession counts.

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