Two suspects arrested in armed robberies
Police have arrested two men suspected of armed robberies in and around New Bedford.
Police made the arrest during what they believe was another robbery attempt in progress. Detectives tracked down a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer thought to be involved in the robberies to a Cumberland Farms at Wareham Crossing late Wednesday night.
Police say they immediately approached the vehicle and arrested Rashaun Raheem Burgess and Carlos Martinez without incident. The men were found with clothing and a pink stun gun both seen in previous robberies, as well as a knife.
Authorities say that, over the last few weeks, Burgess and Martinez have teamed up to commit the convenience store robberies. Martinez would enter the businesses and buy something while surveying the area. Martinez would return to Burgess, who would then go in and commit the robbery with the stun gun. The two used Burgess’s Trailblazer as a getaway vehicle.
Burgess is being charged with three counts of armed robbery and two counts of attempted armed robbery. Martinez is charged with two counts of each.
The men were arraigned Tuesday morning in New Bedford District Court.
Similar armed robberies using stun guns have recently taken place in Fall River, Taunton, and Fairhaven. Detective Tyrone Jones says he has been in contact with detectives in those cities.
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