A man who robbed a Fall River Hess Station and then left behind a package that he said was an explosive appeared in court on Tuesday.
50-year-old Robert Raymond Chase allegedly walked into the gas station on Pleasant Street carrying a suspicious package and made a purchase. He left and then returned to the station showing the clerk the package which he claimed to be a bomb. The clerk gave him an unspecified amount of money and then he left in a taxi.
The robbery caused two blocks, Thirteenth Street to Fifteenth Street, to be closed down until 7:30 p.m. while police investigated the device left behind.
The gas station also had to shut down its pumps out of precaution.
The device turned out not to be an explosive and the area and gas station were reopened to the public.
Chase was tracked down at his residence a short time later. His home was search and he was arrested and charged with armed robbery, bomb threat with serious public alarm, possessing with intent to cause a fear of a bomb hoax and disturbing the peace. Chase is held on $12,5000 cash-bail.