Massachusetts

Man Arrested in Series of Armed Robberies Over Months in New Bedford

In each case, the employees were held at gunpoint by a masked person who demanded cash and then fled the scene, police say

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A Massachusetts man is under arrest following a string of armed robberies that occurred over the span of months in New Bedford, police said Sunday.

Christopher Daponte, 43, of Acushnet, is accused of five armed robberies in New Bedford, a majority of which were committed at banks, according to a statement from city police.

They say one person is involved in all five of the robberies. The physical characteristics, clothing and methods of operation allegedly pointed to Daponte.

The series of armed robberies began of April 23, involving a Walgreen's Pharmacy on Achusnet Avenue. According to police, St. Anne’s Credit Union on Acushnet Avenue was then robbed on April 29, and again on May 12. Daponte is also accused of robbing Mechanic’s Cooperative Bank on Kempton Street on Sept. 24 and again on Oc. 5.

In each case, the employees were held at gunpoint by a masked person who demanded cash and then fled the scene, police said.

Authorities said they found the pellet gun and clothing found in the incidents while searching Daponte's home. Police say Daponte was in possession of a small amount of fentanyl when he was arrested.

Daponte is facing multiple armed robbery related charges as well as drug possession. It is unclear if he has an attorney.

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