A Providence man, who ordered a cab in that city to go to Oakland Beach on Tuesday and was arrested on Sandy Lane for a bank robbery in Hoxsie, is in federal custody today as a parole violator.
Det. Capt. Robert Nelson said yesterday that Anthony Miller, 24, was arrested by Sgt. Kyle Kettelle after a short pursuit on Sandy Lane around 4 p.m. on Tuesday after witnesses at the Citizens Bank Branch in Hoxsie told police the man who handed one of their tellers a note demanding money got into a waiting cab and ordered the driver to take him and a woman the rest of the way to Oakland Beach.
Nelson said Kettelle was on his way to the bank, heading toward Hoxsie when he saw the cab matching the description coming in his direction. He quickly turned his cruiser around and sped after the cab but it turned out he really didn’t have to rush. By the time he caught up with the cab, it was stopped in heavy traffic. Kettelle was getting out of his car when the suspect bolted from the cab and ran.
"Sgt. Kettelle gave chase on foot and tackled him near Sandy Lane,” said Nelson, “but he already was stopped by the traffic.” He was quickly apprehended. Miller, with a home address of 36 Carter St. in Providence, was taken to headquarters and charged with bank robbery, arraigned and then turned over to the FBI as a federal parole violator who was arrested and convicted by the FBI for another robbery two years ago. Christine Halverson, 37, of the same address in Providence was also charged.
Nelson said the cab driver was released after questioning and police determined that he did not know about the intentions of the couple when he picked them up or while they were in his cab. According to Nelson, he told police they stopped at the Pawtucket Credit Union branch on Warwick Avenue before they got to Hoxsie and the suspect got out and tried the doors of the credit union, which happened to be closed because of the power outage that followed in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. He said the man got back into the cab and went to Citizens, where they had plenty of power, and then onto West Shore Road, where they had plenty of traffic.