Warwick Police announced the arrest of an alleged bank robber on Wednesday morning, May 11.
Paul Edward Larson, 60, of East Greenwich, has been taken into custody without incident, police said.
“With the assistance of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, the suspect was identified,” according to a press release from Warwick Police.
Warwick Police Detectives Christian Vargas and Matthew Smith attempted to locate the suspect at an associated address in Warwick, but were unsuccessful. However, while returning to the police station around 3:40 p.m. on May 10, the detectives spotted the suspect on the patio at Cumberland Farms, 3335 Post Road in the Apponaug section of Warwick, according to police.
Larson was held overnight and will be arraigned at Third District Court today on one count of Second-degree Robbery.
Around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, the Warwick Police Department received a report of a robbery at Harbor One Bank, 3830 Post Road in Warwick.
“The reporting person was one of two employees working at the time and both had secured themselves in the vault after providing an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect,” according to the original press release distributed by Maj. Andrew P. Sullivan, Operations Bureau Commander. “There were no customers in the bank at this time. Upon police arrival, it was unclear if the suspect was still on scene as the employees in the vault could not confirm the suspect had left. Police made entry and confirmed the suspect was no longer in the bank and that the scene was safe at which time the two employees exited the vault.”
The employees told police that the suspect entered the bank and passed a note demanding cash, but did not say anything nor display a weapon, according to police.
“One of the employees provided the suspect with the cash at which time the two employees retreated to the vault fearing for their own safety,” according to the press release.
The suspect was described as a heavyset white or light-skinned Hispanic male, approximately 5’07”-5’08” wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a cap on his head, and a face covering, according to the original press release.
Warwick Police used surveillance images from the robbery to identify the suspect.
Anyone witnesses with additional information are encouraged to call the Warwick Police Detective Division at 401-468-4233.
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