Suspect linked to 2 men’s tape-tied attachment to Gun Point in RI’s robbery was in hiding in MA Woods
2 arrested for armed robbery.
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MASSACHUSETTS-An armed robbery that began with two men tied up at gunpoint by duct tape at an apartment in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, continued with a police chase in Massachusetts and a SWAT K-9 discovering one of the suspects “buried like a tick” in the woods in Franklin, authorities said.
Woonsocket and Franklin Police said two of the three suspects involved in the alleged armed robbery were in custody – Jermone Tyson Lopes, of Brockton, and Joshua Goncalves. Police said they were continuing to search for a third person, but said the public was not in danger at this time.
At around 2:30 a.m., the officers of Woonsocket responded to a theft report in a multi-family home on Blackstone Street, Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates said. A neighbor called police after hearing a door smashed down by individuals pretending to be police officers, Oates said.
Police said two men – a man, 21 and 29 – were asleep when the door was kicked in and they were taped at gunpoint by two people.
Officers, who answered the call, saw two people flee from the apartment before quickly getting into a vehicle moving around the corner, Oates said.
A third Woonsocket officer nearly collided with the suspects vehicle as it darted from the scene, Oates said.
Police chased the car as it was driving through Massachusetts on Washington Street, where the car crashed into a telephone pole near Sheila Lane in Franklin, authorities said.
The suspects in the car fled into the woods, Oates said, but Lopes quickly surrendered to authorities. Lopes was taken to Landmark Hospital in Woonsocket for examination before being taken into police custody, Oates said.
Franklin Police along with surrounding communities and the MetroLec SWAT team have created a perimeter around the woods, Oates said. Franklin Police Chief Thomas Lynch said teams waited until the sun came up after securing the perimeter to enter the woods.
A shelter-in-place alert has been issued for the Franklin community, Lynch said.
A resident living in the area told police someone had come to his door and asked for help after being involved in a car accident. Other neighbors called the police, saying they saw movement in the woods.
With the help of the public, Lynch said law enforcement quickly located Goncalves, who was taken to a hospital in Massachusetts, Oates said. He is currently in Franklin Police custody.
“He was buried like a tick in the ground,” Lynch said. “He was hiding as best he could. Once we got close enough to him the dog was close enough and saw him. That was it. He gave up. “
Oates described the theft as a “targeted” incident. The chief said police believed the suspects knew there was a large amount of cash in the house due to a social media post.
Police are questioning Lopes and Gonçalves to determine the identity and location of the third suspect, for whom authorities have provided no further information.
Lynch said he no longer believed the third suspect was in the search area and the community was at no risk.
“We looked everywhere we could,” Lynch said. “We don’t think the individual is still in the area. We don’t think it’s dangerous for the public at this time. “
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