As of yesterday afternoon, Rhode Island State Police were still seeking the public’s help in capturing a suspect wanted in two armed robberies in Cranston and Coventry over the weekend. Detectives from Massachusetts State Police have also joined the search because of similar robberies in Uxbridge and Grafton, Mass.
State and Warwick K-9 units participated in the search, along with a Massachusetts State Police helicopter with a thermal imager, but one of the suspects managed to get away and has remained at large since Saturday morning.
At 12:40 a.m. on Saturday, the suspects, each armed with handguns, robbed the Shell gas station on Pontiac Avenue in Cranston. An hour later, two men matching the Cranston suspects robbed an X-Tra Mart on Tiogue Avenue in Coventry.
Minutes after the Coventry robbery, the Coventry and West Greenwich police tried to stop a car matching the getaway vehicle. The car took off, followed by police, and the police gave chase. A short time after, State Police spotted the car traveling at a high rate of speed on Route 95. They saw it lost control on the exit ramp to Route 117 in Warwick.
Both suspects jumped from the car and ran into the woods. The police recovered one handgun in the car. Rhode Island State Police said one of the men was captured inside a Dunkin’ Donuts in Warwick. The police have yet to identify him or say what charges he faces.
The wanted suspect still at large is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and was wearing a black down jacket, light gray or brown sweat pants, and brown shoes. The police suspect that he is still carrying a handgun.