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ARREST IN AIDS CASE

Police arrested a 35-year-old parolee in a series of robberies in which a man terrorized merchants with a syringe he claimed was filled with AIDS-tainted blood, police said Wednesday.

Wesley Pledger, 35, of Chatsworth was picked out of a police lineup Tuesday by at least four robbery victims, authorities said.The so-called AIDS bandit pulled off nine robberies in less than a week.