From Michael Lemoine
Deputy Chief of Police
January 16, 2020
Press Release

Arrest in recent armed robberies

Woonsocket, RI; In recent weeks the Woonsocket Police Department has been investigating several armed robberies. The following list dates/times and locations where these robberies have occurred.

1. Dec 26, 2019 at 8:17pm
a. Shell Gas Station 1030 Social St. Woonsocket, RI.

2. Dec 30, 2019 at 12:48pm
a. T & D Market 261 Dulude Ave. Woonsocket, RI

3. Dec 30, 2019 at 3:04pm
a. Gulf Express Gas Station 852 Park Ave. Woonsocket, RI.

4. Jan 11, 2020 at 10:42pm
a. Seasons Corner Market and Gas Station 1325 Diamond Hill Rd. Woonsocket, RI.


The suspect in each of these events shared similar characteristics. White male, dressed in black clothing, black hoodie, wearing a mask and gloves. The suspect brandished a handgun and demanded money. Investigators were able to identify the suspects vehicle as a newer model Toyota Camry silver or light tan in color. No injuries resulted from suspects actions.
Area communities also reported similar robberies with a suspect described as that described in the Woonsocket incidents. The suspect managed to escape apprehension—that is until he was caught on Jan 13, 2020 at 10:21pm in Woonsocket.


W.P.D. officers Berthelette, Bibeault, and Dybala working on the night of Jan 13, 2020 around the 10:00 pm hour, heard a radio transmission of a robbery occurring in Uxbridge, Ma. with similar description and circumstances as those in Woonsocket. Night platoon officers established a perimeter at the main throughways to monitor traffic moving in and out of Woonsocket. Officers Berthelette, Bibeault, and Dybala monitoring Harris Ave observed a light-colored newer model Toyota Camry enter the City from Blackstone, Ma. The vehicle had similar characteristics of the suspect vehicle police were looking for. The officers conducted a motor vehicle stop and identified the operator. Within the passenger compartment, officers observed evidence indicative of involvement, in at least, to the Woonsocket robberies. The operator was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters. The Toyota Camry was towed to headquarters as evidence.

The operator is identified as Patrick Dandeneau, 30 years old, of Blackstone, Ma. Dandeneau is being charged with four (4) counts of 1st Degree Robbery.  Mr. Dandeneau appeared for arraignment in 6th District Court on Wednesday January 15, 2020 and was remanded without bail pending a bail hearing on January 30, 2020.

 

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