Robbery arrest in Lowell

I was off yesterday so I didn’t get a chance to blog on this, but in case you missed it, Detectives Cory Erickson and Jim Cassella made a pretty heads-up arrest of a robbery suspect Friday morning.

Capt. Richardson emailed me about the arrest, which was made in connection with a robbery at Guerrero’s Market, 32 Westford St., that occurred at 9:52 a.m.

The suspect was a Hispanic male in a gray sweatshirt who pulled a gun and demanded cash from the register.

This robbery didn’t go the way most do.

“Suspect walked behind the counter to retrieve the money. The owner then fled out the front door. He then tried to hold the door shut and lock the suspect in the store. Suspect finally forced his way out the front door and fled down Howard Street,” Richardson wrote.

An initial search came up empty, but two hours later, Erickson and Cassella spotted a guy on Middlesex Street who fit the description. The suspect no longer had a gray hoodie on, but Detective Gary Dillon was still at the store going over surveillance footage.

While the suspect was trying to get out the front door of the store, his hoodie flew open, revealing a T-shirt underneath.

“Detective Dillon recognized the suspect in the video to be the same person Erickson and Cassella had stopped,” Richardson wrote. “The suspect, Alexandro Fred Rivera, 32, at the time he was stopped was not wearing a hoodie, but did have a shirt that appeared to be the same one that could be seen on the store video.”

After an interview at the police station, Rivera was charged with armed robbery.

Richardson said suspects in two other recent incidents, including this one that I blogged about, fits Rivera’s description. He hasn’t been charged in connection with any other incidents, though. Detectives continue to investigate.

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