YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Out on parole for barely a month, a Wyckoff man was arrested by Ridgewood police on charges of stalking and harassing a woman he met a local bar.
The arrest also triggered a parole violation for Daniel Chaupiz, who remained held this morning on $25,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail.
Defense attorney Ron Bar-Nadav told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that his client was at the bar when the woman came in and the two had a pleasant conversation.
Chaupiz returned a week later and again saw the woman, who didn’t talk to him, Bar-Nadav said.
Her parents later filed a complaint and Chaupiz was arrested on Thursday, the lawyer said.
Chaupiz was paroled June 17 after spending 15 months in state prison for his role in a baseball-bat bashing of his then-girlfriend’s ex during a robbery.
A judge in Hackensack cut him a break last September when he folded a plea-bargained prison term for leading police on a high-speed chase into that term.
Chaupiz had a petty criminal history that came to a head when he was charged with masterminding a July 2012 robbery and attack on his lover’s ex-boyfriend (SEE: Wyckoff convict serving time for bat attack indicted in police chase).
He was sentenced to four years, as was one of his accomplices, Samer “Martin” Saleh of Waldwick, who wielded a bat and pipe in the attack.
The girlfriend, Margaux H. Tocci of Wyckoff — whose smiling mugshot went viral — was sentenced to a year in the Bergen County Jail.
A fourth participant, Jesse Moscatello, of Oakland, got probation.
Before that case was completed, Chaupiz was in trouble again.
Wyckoff Patrolman Kyle Ferreira tried to stop him for driving erratically on Wyckoff Avenue when Chaupiz sped off. The weather and road conditions forced Ferreira to break off the pursuit before Ridgewood police picked it up.
Officers then tracked Chaupiz to local home, the owner denied them entry, they said. Chaupiz, knowing a warrant was out for his arrest, later surrendered at police headquarters.
He eventually pleaded guilty.
“You already have three indictable convictions — and at your age, that’s not easy to do,” Superior Court Judge Edward A. Jerejian told Chaupiz last fall.
Jerejian also said that his role includes detering Chaupiz and others from committing crimes.
In the end, though, he was lenient.
“Hopefully, what you are saying here today isn’t just words,” the judge told him.
STORY / FILE PHOTO: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter Mary K. Miraglia
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