Carjacking, store robbery suspect arrested in Fall River
FALL RIVER, Mass. —
A Fall River man was held without bail Monday after police said he carjacked a 67-year-old woman and later used the car to rob a convenience store.
Police said 37-year-old Paul Gagne was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, operating to endanger, operating with a revoked license, unarmed robbery, carjacking, larceny of a motor vehicle and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
On Thursday, police said Gagne knocked down Suzinda Vierra in the parking lot of a Dunkin' Donuts on North Main Street, stole her 2012 Kia Soul and ran over arm as he was getting away. Vierra was treated at a hospital and released.
"I guess God was with me that time," she said, showing off her bruised arm.
A day later, police said Gagne robbed the Low Price Convenience Store, located a few blocks away from the Dunkin' Donuts.
Police said he entered the store with a mask at about 8:45 a.m., demanded money from a clerk and left with an undetermined amount of cash. No one was injured.
"He said to my employees, 'You're being robbed, give me money, give me money'" said Sunny Patel, who owns the convenience store.
Patel has surveillance cameras around the store, and one of them caught Gagne putting on a mask shortly before the robbery. Despite the mask, a customer later identified the robber as Gagne, and a clerk working at the convenience store told police she recognized Gagne's voice.
Prosecutors said surveillance video from other stores showed Gagne used Vierra's car during the robbery.
On Saturday, an officer spotted Gagne driving Vierra's stolen car on Hope Street. Police said Gagne tried to elude police and at one point abandoned the car and fled on foot. He was captured a short time later.
"He was using my car to rob it, and then he got caught," Vierrra said.
A dangerousness hearing for Gagne is scheduled for August.