The Lowell Police Department have arrested a 23 year old man in connection with the robbery of a Getty Gas Station last Monday. The man, whose name has not been disclosed, was charged with Kidnapping and Armed Robbery, and is expected to be arraigned on those criminal charges in Lowell District Court this week.
Lowell Police report that the man, who is a regular customer and had even worked at the station he robbed in the past, was likely hiding behind a dumpster when he pulled a gun on a store clerk as he was locking up. The store’s alarm, however, had already been triggered, so the suspect quickly grabbed some money and ordered one of the clerk’s to drive him away. He was driven around the neighborhood for a short time, until he got out of the car and fled on foot. Interestingly, it was also reported that the armed robber had also gone to the store earlier in the evening and told someone that he planned on robbing the store.
It turns out, however, that the armed robber drove himself to a few blocks away from his own house where he got out of the car. Once out of the car, the armed robber took off his mask and started to walk home – and the store clerk followed him to his house. The store clerk from the Lowell store was quoted as saying:
“He’s an idiot though. He came here earlier in the night and spoke to someone else about robbing the store. Then, he had the clerk drop him off by his own house.”
In my years as a Boston Criminal Lawyer, I can tell you that despite what appears to be overwhelming evidence against this man, one should be cautioned that this is only one side of the story. In many types of these cases, there is often some contrary evidence, inconsistent witness accounts, or mistakes in the Identification that could provide this man with a defense should he elect to proceed to trial on these charges.
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