Somerville Bank Robbery Suspect Ordered Held Without Bail

Davis Square Bank Robber Credit Somerville Police

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The man who robbed a Davis Square bank and fired at a Somerville Police officer was captured in Rhode Island, the FBI said Thursday morning.

Federal authorities have identified the suspect as Daniel Rosado, 32, of Providence. He's charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of brandishing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He was ordered held without bail Thursday afternoon during his arraignment in Federal Court in Boston. He'll be back in court for a bail hearing on May 31.

“Today’s arrest and charges put an end to a three-week search for a dangerous and reckless individual,” U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said. “No one should feel afraid to do the everyday, basic American errands we all need to do. But on May 1, it’s alleged that one man callously threatened the lives of dozens of innocent people who were doing just that."

 

Multiple local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies spent weeks searching for Rosado, pictured above, who they said robbed the Middlesex Federal Savings Bank in Davis Square on May 1.

The FBI was offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the robber's arrest.

Authorities said Rosado entered the Somerville bank, waved a gun, and fired a shot into the ceiling before pointed the firearm at customers and bank employees.

While a teller filled Rosado's backpack with money, a customer managed to get outside and flagged down a Somerville Police officer in their cruiser.

That officer entered the bank to confront Rosado and ordered him to freeze—and that's when police say the two exchanged gunfire.

Rosado fled on foot. Seeing him running from the bank, a Good Samaritan also tried to stop him; surveillance video from a nearby business shows the bystander knocking a bag out of Rosado's hands as he ran from police on College Avenue.

 

Lelling said forensic analysis found on that bag led them to Rosado, who had prior felony convictions such as negligent operation of a motor vehicle, larceny from a person and witness intimidation, and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.

Inside the backpack, police found a Webley revolver loaded with four unfired rounds of ammunition, two cartridge casings, and over $500. Because of his prior convictions, Rosado was prohibited from having firearms or ammunition.

"By not just brandishing, but actually discharging his weapon—twice—the alleged defendant instilled fear and endangered the lives of members of our community for his own greed and selfishness," Lelling said. "My office is committed to prosecuting violent individuals to the fullest extent of the law.”

If convicted, Rosado could possibly serve a life sentence in prison.

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WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

 

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